From a second batch of drawings by the prolific and endlessly inventive Chicago artist James Frederic Bone (1929-2015), this is one of two wonderful 1991 cutout silhouette self-portraits, with the features--including tattooed ear and fanstastic star-like wrinkles around the eye--playfully rendered in black ink dots. Often recycling materials in his work, this one makes use of of a letter to Henry Fogel, Director of the Chicago Symphony, praising the orchestra "for another splendid season"!
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. From all that I’ve have seen, he was possessed with a consummate curiosity and keen intelligence in addition to a terrific aesthetic sensibility and sensitive touch; I must say that I have truly and deeply fallen in love with his work!
7.5” × 11” and in very good condition.