Conlon, James H. P. (1894-1975)
James Conlon was born in Meriden, Connecticut in 1894. He studied at the Connecticut Art Students’ League, and one of his teachers was Charles Noel Flagg, one of the most influential Connecticut artists of his generation. Conlon also studied at the Art Students’ League of New York. During the First World War he served with the Army Air Corps, producing aerial maps in France. He won a prize for designing the “Connecticut Yankee” emblem, featuring “Father Hartford,” the insignia of the Connecticut Air Guard. He was a member of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts and the Association of Connecticut Artists. Conlon helped found the Guilford Art League and was noted for his landscapes and portraits. He married the Connecticut artist Helen Saliske. He painted two portraits for the Federal Arts Project (FAP) in 1939. These were placed at Fairfield State Hospital and now reside at the Southbury Training School. Conlon also served as Assistant Director of Art for the FAP in Connecticut. In May 1936 he supervised artists who were painting portraits of four famous veterans of World War I. Conlon died in 1962 at the Veteran’s Home in West Haven.
Sources: WPA Artist’s Work Card; AskART; “James H.P. Conlon Dies; Was Noted Branford Artist,” New Haven Register, March 17,1962; “Patriotic Mural Has Family Group Theme,” Hartford Courant, March 8, 1942; Falk, Who Was Who In American Art (1985), p. 126.
Works of Art Listed in CT Archives’ database from James Conlon: