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John Sharp · Education & Community

Education and Training:
State University of Iowa, Ames, Iowa
Study with Grant Wood, Stone City, Iowa
Art Students League, New York, New York
The National Academy of Design, New York, New York
Teachers and Influences:
Study with Grant Wood, Stone City, Iowa
Yasuo Kuniyoshi
Connection to Bucks County:
John Sharp moved to Bucks County around 1934 or 1938, and lived here until 1955. He shared an apartment over the Solebury Bank Building in New Hope with Paul Crosthwaite whom he had met when they were both students at the Art Students League in New York. Their apartment, and a summer house located north of Lumberville, was a mecca for those interested in the arts. Both men were active in the community, including the founding of the Bucks County Playhouse. They both recorded the historic buildings of the area and the local scenery in their paintings. Crosthwaite and Sharp moved to Florida in 1955, but continued to exhibit in Bucks County.
Colleagues and Affiliations:
John Sharp lived and worked in New Hope and Lumberville with his lifelong companion artists Paul Crosthwaite. Both men were active in the New Hope community and helped found the Bucks County Playhouse in 1939. Cartoonist and painter William H. Cotton was also a friend and a colleague. John Sharp's paintings Bucks County Playhouse and Thompson Neely Barn were exhibited at the National Academy of Design in New York (1949, 1950).

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