Joseph O'Sickey, born in Detroit in 1918, has been a painter and teacher throughout his career.  As a child he attended Saturday classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art, which retains one of his paintings in its permanent collection, and the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he received a Bachelor's degree in 1940.  

He graduated from the Cleveland School of Art (now the Cleveland Institute of Art) in 1940 and taught at Ohio State University (1946-47), Akron Art Institute (1949-52), Western Reserve University School of Architecture (1956-64), and Kent State University (1964-89). 

Among the most honored painters active in the region, O'Sickey won the Cleveland Arts Prize in Visual Arts in 1974, and was called "a dean of painting in Northeast Ohio" by Steven Litt, art and architecture critic of the Plain Dealer. 

However, his work continued to develop through his 20s, strongly influenced by post-impressionism. 

O'Sickey was represented in New York by Jacques Seligmann Galleries during the 1960s and 1970s (which presented seven one-person shows of his work) and by Kennedy Galleries in the 1980s and 1990s.  In Ohio, notable exhibitions include a Distinguished Alumnus one-person show at the Cleveland Institute of Art (1982); a one-person show at the Canton Museum of Art (1995); exhibition in 24 May Shows at the Cleveland Museum of Art between 1938 and 1977. 

O'Sickey's work is also in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; Canton Museum of Art, Ohio; Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, Pennsylvania; Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; and Columbus Museum, Columbus, Georgia. 

Works by Joseph Benjamin O'Sickey

Picnic on Beach

Picnic on Beach Joseph Benjamin O’Sickey

Small Summer Garden

Small Summer Garden, 1987 Joseph Benjamin O’Sickey

Studio Scene

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Studio Scene Joseph Benjamin O’Sickey

Joseph Benjamin O’Sickey - Pinto Horse in Summer Landscape

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Joseph Benjamin O’Sickey - Pinto Horse in Summer Landscape, Joseph Benjamin O’Sickey

Horses, ink drawing

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Horses, ink drawing, 1979 Joseph Benjamin O’Sickey

Horse and Tree

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Horse and Tree Joseph Benjamin O’Sickey

Maine Beach

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Maine Beach Joseph Benjamin O’Sickey

Still Life with Guitar

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Still Life with Guitar Joseph Benjamin O’Sickey

Garden Still Life

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Garden Still Life Joseph Benjamin O’Sickey

Playground 1 and 2

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Playground 1 and 2, 1954 Joseph Benjamin O’Sickey

Blue Moon, Evening Scene

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Blue Moon, Evening Scene Joseph Benjamin O’Sickey

Cows at Pasture

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Cows at Pasture Joseph Benjamin O’Sickey

Race Horse and Groom

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Race Horse and Groom, c. 1960 Joseph Benjamin O’Sickey

Cows at Pasture II

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Cows at Pasture II Joseph Benjamin O’Sickey

Cows at Pasture

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Cows at Pasture Joseph Benjamin O’Sickey

Snowy Landscape with Cardinals

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Snowy Landscape with Cardinals Joseph Benjamin O’Sickey

Two Tigers

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Two Tigers Joseph Benjamin O’Sickey

Spectacle Owls at the Zoo

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Spectacle Owls at the Zoo, c.1970 Joseph Benjamin O’Sickey

Still Life with Bottles, Teapot and Fruit

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Still Life with Bottles, Teapot and Fruit, 1970 Joseph Benjamin O’Sickey

Woman in a Garden

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Woman in a Garden Joseph Benjamin O’Sickey

Table in the Garden

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Table in the Garden, 1972 Joseph Benjamin O’Sickey

Garden Landscape with Flowers

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Garden Landscape with Flowers, 1974 Joseph Benjamin O’Sickey

Pulling Up the Horses

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Pulling Up the Horses, 1979 Joseph Benjamin O’Sickey

Lavender Fields at Goult

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Lavender Fields at Goult Joseph Benjamin O’Sickey

Joseph O'Sickey-Spring Garden (Backyard Garden with Table)

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Joseph O'Sickey-Spring Garden (Backyard Garden with Table), 1985 Joseph Benjamin O’Sickey

Spectators at Race Track

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Spectators at Race Track Joseph Benjamin O’Sickey