Art: The Night Side

Joseph Americus Oneto, San Francisco bachelor, had a problem seven years ago. He worked a 44-hour week as a clerk in the city water department, but that still left a lot of spare time, and he was "sick of sitting in bars." Joe decided that the solution to his heavy-hanging leisure was painting. He began spending his weekends haunting San Francisco's galleries, and devoted his evenings to reading books on oil-painting technique and experimenting with brush and canvas. By 1950, he had taught himself enough to win the $1,000 first prize at the California State Fair. Last week 40-year-old Joe Oneto...

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