|Ivan Albright in his Ogden Avenue studio, Chicago, 1950. Photograph by Peter Pollack.
Ivan Albright was a Chicago area native, growing up on the North Shore and graduating from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1923. He was born to a father who was a painter and was an identical twin to his brother, Malvin Marr - also an exceptional painter.
Ivan Albright is most well known for his many paintings of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" which were commissioned by a Hollywood studio and used in the movie "The Portrait of Dorian Gray". Due to this notoriety Albright's works have often been interpreted as being in the horror genre.
On a personal note: Ivan Albright was one of three artists that struck me at an early age and influenced my work the most. My first exposure to Albright's work came on a middle school field trip to The Art Institute of Chicago. I was taken aback by his large painting "That Which I Should Have Done I Did Not Do(The Door)", as well as '...Ida'.