Lloyd Raymond “Bill” Ney (1893-1965) was an American painter, sculptor, writer, and artistic innovator known for pushing boundaries, embracing Modernism, and stirring up controversy.
He maintained close friendships with artists working in Philadelphia and Bucks County, including George Nakashima, Charles Evans, Louis Stone and Harry Rosen, and had a close association with Baroness Hilla von Rebay of the Guggenheim Museum. His career took him to places throughout the country and the world, participating in a variety of artistic scenes, but he always came home to New Hope, PA. His connection to the town is well known locally, but his work has not been exhibited together since the artist’s death.
Local Color will feature his paintings documenting life along the Delaware River, New Hope’s inhabitants, and ambitious, detailed plans for his ultimately never-realized legacy: a museum devoted to Ney’s own art in his home town.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website