Oil on Canvas Seascape Signed Sisson

Discussion in 'Art' started by Suzy60us, Aug 26, 2016.

  1. Suzy60us

    Suzy60us Well-Known Member

    Painting measures 28" by 22". Signed Sisson no first initial. There are 2 artists from Massachusetts named Sisson Frederick Rhodes and Laurence P .
    From what I am able to find on the web, they both used their first initial.
    On Ruby Lane there is a landscape signed just Sisson but no attribution.
    Any ideas?

    sisson 002.JPG

    sisson 002.JPG sisson 003.JPG
  2. afantiques

    afantiques Well-Known Member

    Looks a bit like Montauk Point lighthouse, but I think it is a fairly pedestrian modernish picture.
  3. all_fakes

    all_fakes Well-Known Member

    I didn't know there was an online directory of artist's signatures:
    but it does indicate Lawrence Sisson used an initial, and this doesn't look at all like his

    L. Sisson.jpg

    I could read the signature on your painting as Sissom, but I don't find any listed artists by that name.
  4. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    Can't be Montauk Point - no big red stripe in the middle. Not to mention too many big rocks in the foreground for that angle. Looks more like New England.

    But I won't disagree with the opinion on the "art." ;)

    Are we sure this signature isn't Sissom?
  5. TheOLdGuy

    TheOLdGuy Well-Known Member

    My opinion, too, GMA. Definitely M is last letter. But everyone takes for granted you misspelled it and shows only with last letter N.

    If that pic is New England I'd think further north, like Maine.

    According to one of the immigration sites there are less than 35 Sissom's in the U.S.A and Sissom is from England or Ireland.

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  6. Suzy60us

    Suzy60us Well-Known Member

    I thought it was a "N" Sisson. However, with a close up, it does look like a "M". Here is another photo sisson sig 002.JPG
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  7. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

  8. say_it_slowly

    say_it_slowly STAY SAFE! The worst prison is a closed heart

  9. TheOLdGuy

    TheOLdGuy Well-Known Member

    Well, with all the "Sissoms" all of a sudden popping up, I revisited that site stating only a handful by that name in the US. I missed that it was "as of mid 1930s census."

    Lauren Sissom from Bangor Maine would fit my guess as to location of Suzy's pic, BUT S.I.S's find is definitely the closest match to signature. And he likes water scenes.
    I'm not a Worthpoint subscriber. Any values on there?
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  10. Ladybranch

    Ladybranch Well-Known Member

    The closest candidate for the lighthouse I could come up with was Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The surrounding buildings are not right - possibly artistic license was used???


    --- Susan
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  11. TheOLdGuy

    TheOLdGuy Well-Known Member

    Does the left side of the continent have lighthouses? I haven't spent enough time there to recall, but my recall button isn't working well lately anyway.

    Ken's pieces SIS found are Alaska ,,,,,,,,,,,, and NW?

    On the other hand Susan's Portland one has a very tight resemblance.

    Anyone find anything at all by Susan Sissom?
  12. say_it_slowly

    say_it_slowly STAY SAFE! The worst prison is a closed heart

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  13. Suzy60us

    Suzy60us Well-Known Member

    Thanks to all of you. I cannot believe the time you have spent on trying to find the artist. This is certainly a dedicated group.

    The painting came from a Group Home TS in
    Southern Ohio. I past it by, assuming that it was a hobby artist. However, I remembered the signature and looked it up (Sisson) and assumed Laurence Sisson. I took the back cover of the frame and the canvas is tacked on the frame.
    BTW there are Lighthouses on the Great Lakes also, not to sure how strong the breakers are.
    sissom back 001.JPG
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  14. all_fakes

    all_fakes Well-Known Member

    I think so too. Ken's "Sissom" signature looks very similar to my eye.
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  15. Suzy60us

    Suzy60us Well-Known Member

    The only information that I can find on Ken Sissom is that he was in Alaska sometime in the sixties. His signature does look very close to the one on the painting.

    Thanks for all your help. Sue
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  16. Nlockett

    Nlockett New Member

    Ken Sissom was my grandfather. He did many custom ordered gold pans, some canvas and other beautiful art pieces. My grandmother still has much of his work. I can tell you the canvas in question is not his. Beautiful though!
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  17. judy

    judy Well-Known Member

    Welcome Nlockett. That is valuable information...especially to Suzy. How did you happen to see this discussion? Just curious.........
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  18. Suzy60us

    Suzy60us Well-Known Member


    Thank you so much for the information. I have a feeling that I will never find Sissom the Artist. It was so nice of you to take the time
    to register and pass along the information on your Grandfather.

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  19. Nlockett

    Nlockett New Member

    My brother had recently found one of his pans online and purchased it. It prompted me to search again for some of his work. I stumbled upon this conversation in that search. I only have two myself and would love more. As a child I have so many fond memories of him. I used to love to watch him paint! He passed in '97 one month before his 50 year wedding anniversary. Good luck on finding your artist. You never know, you may find the answer.
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  20. Nlockett

    Nlockett New Member

    Absolutely! And I hope you one day find your artist. Never know, someone may come along with the answer
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