A painter and sculptor, she was known professionally simply as Skaling. Born in British Columbia in 1912, she was educated at the University of Buffalo and the University of Syracuse, in New York, gaining a summa cum laude degree in Fine Arts. To sustain her early career Skaling painted portraits but her artistic leanings were toward abstract expressionism.
One of her early dealers was the collector Earl Stendhal with galleries of Los Angeles. During World War II she worked for the government in the Department of Defense drawing maps. The Julius Carlebach Gallery of New York City for the next seven years was her dealer at the recommendation of Pierre Matisse and Fernando Leger. Towards the end of the war, Audrey Skaling met and married the world renowned architect and author Stamo Papadaki, and she became part of the international art and architectural scene of the day. Together they counted among their friends, Le Corbusier, Fernand Leger, Jose Sert, Edgard Varese, Naum Gabo, James Sweeney, Alexander Calder, and Kurt Seligmann. Audrey and Stamo settled in Connecticut. Skaling’s dealer during these years was Ruth White, in whose 57th Street gallery in New York City she had many exhibitions of paintings and sculptures.
Her works are in important museums and private collections in Athens, Rio de Janeiro, Geneva, and New York City. Many of Skaling’s works, exhibition announcements, press releases, magazine clippings can be viewed at the Smithsonian Institution web-site from the Ruth White Gallery records.
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