This charming 1957 black ink on paper drawing by James Frederic Bone (1929-2015) exemplifies the sort of playfulness and inventiveness that ran throughout his work, very often haunted by a sense of melancholy or bittersweetness as I think is the case here. I must say, the more time I spend looking at and thinking about Bone's work, the more gravity I am finding in it--in this case including literally, as these star-like atoms (electrons?) exit their orbits, falling out and away, one after the next.
What I know about James Bone is that he was born in Brownsville, Texas, received his MFA from the University of Arkansas, and moved to the Hyde Park section of Chicago, IL in the 1970s. I've also found some citations of art reviews he wrote for the Chicago Reader in the 1980s.
8" x 9 1/2". The paper is as documented--a nice weight art/document type paper, mottled in tone--and in great condition.