Henry Clive

1882-1960 | Browse Artwork

Above: Henry Clive at 77 years of age. The photo appeared in the first issue of Escapade magazine, October 1955.

Henry Clive: From Australia to Hollywood

Henry Clive's colorful life began in 1882 as Henry O'Hara in Australia. He made his way to Hollywood supporting himself as a magician.

After acting in several silent films, Clive began painting the Ziegfeld Follies Girls for Florence Ziegfeld. This led to work painting screen stars such as Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino and Polga Negri for the Canco Company for use on tins and pencil boxes as give aways to silent moviegoers.

Above: Henry Clive C. 1931 with a posed June Collyer as "The Fiesta Girl"

Above: Henry Clive in 1947 with paintings donated for Los Angeles charity auction

Henry Clive and Paramount Pictures

His successful career path also led to work as an art director for Paramount Pictures and his artwork appeared on many silent movie era poster campaigns during the early 1920s including the Rudolph Valentino silent classic The Sheik. .

Above: Recently unearthed example of Henry Clive Poster; Rudolph Valentino as "The Sheik"

Above: Example of stylized Henry Clive poster from 1921 Paramount Picture " The Sheik "

Above: 1933 Photograph of Henry Clive Painting Actress Alice White

Above: Clive's Work Sultana

Henry Clive: An Icon of the Art Deco Jazz Age

But his magazine cover illustration work was what ultimately propelled him into being an iconic force of the art deco Jazz Age. His pastels and oils graced the covers of Smart Set, True Confessions, Screen Play and Theatre Magazine and he began doing work for William Randolph Hearst's American Weekly, a relationship that lasted three decades.

Clive's ad work for Vivaudou and his few calendar art paintings culminating in the genre defining art deco Egyptian-influenced oil painting Sultana done for The Louis F. Dow Calendar Company solidified his place as a masterful painter on par with Rolf Armstrong and the other top deco era American Illustrators . Clive was adept at both pastel work and oils , his original works are extremely scarce and coveted by collectors.

Clive also executed several mural works creating large fantastic nudes at Hollywood restaurants and watering holes in the 1930's and 40's including Jack Larue's and this Sunset Boulevard 1942 view from the long gone Jade Room .

Above: 1942 View of Hollywood Watering Hole "The Jade"

Above: Masquers Club Mural for sale at Grapefruit Moon Gallery

Above: Another Masquers Club Mural for sale at Grapefruit Moon Gallery

Until this collection was made available on Grapefruit Moon, no more than 9 of his original paintings were known to exist.

Above: Examples of Canco tin boxes with the artists work

Above: An original oil painting on board; Calendar Art For Louis F. Dow Calendar Company

Above: Henry Clive was married 6 times and " gossip page fodder ' in the 20's

Above: Henry Clive at work c. 1950 Model is Aquanetta

Above: 2 page feature on Henry Clive Foto Parade of People November 1950

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