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Original Drawings of Hazel McFeely Fontana

An Original Drawing by Hazel McFeely Fontana

Hazel McFeely Fontana (1931-2009) was an Arizona artist. She was talented in multiple art media: rendering detailed pencil drawings of missions, re-creating lush landscapes out of vibrant opaque watercolors, infusing ink-and-paper sketches with Asian influences, silk-screening greeting cards, and combining the styles of African tribal artists with the disjointed geometrics of Picasso in her self-portraits.

The collection contains 60 original pen and ink drawings by Fontana for Edward H. Spicer's Cycles of Conquest, a work published by the University of Arizona Press in 1962. Also includes some drawings not published in the final work, chiefly Southwest and Native American subjects including pottery, homes, people, and scenery.