The Artist Birthday Series

Kyra Markham

Kyra Markham: painter, printmaker

Kyra Markham (1891–1967) was a figurative painter, printmaker, and actress. Markham was briefly married to the architect Lloyd Wright, and five years later, married David Stoner Gaither. She worked for the Federal Arts Project, creating works of social realism that documented American life in the 1930s. During World War II, her art was focused on the propaganda effort against the Nazis.

Archives_of_American_Art_-_Kyra_Markham_-_2897Markham was born Elaine Hyman in Chicago, Illinois. She studied at the Chicago Art Institute from 1907 to 1919, and subsequently worked as a muralist and printmaker.

c. 1911
c. 1911

In addition to her work as an artist, Markham was an accomplished actress. She appeared with the Chicago Little Theater from 1909 to the 1920s, with the Provincetown Players from 1916, and in movies in Los Angeles. In 1922 she married the architect Lloyd Wright and briefly had Frank Lloyd Wright as a father-in-law. From the 1920s until the Depression she obtained commercial commissions from clubs and restaurants.

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2 thoughts on “Kyra Markham

  1. I love K. Markham’s work, and own two of her prints. I am very interested in finding others to acquire and wonder if her paintings are available and/or where they can be seen.

    1. Hi John 🙂 I love her work too, moody and luscious. I see that Child’s Gallery in Boston has an etching of “Memories Of Isadora,” from 1937, available for $425 right now. The gallery phone number is (617) 266-1108 for more information.

      I found that here: and there may be others available through that page as well. Other than that, there’s the Christie’s and Sotheby’s websites to check once in a while, as well as,, or I didn’t see anything for sale when I checked just now, but one never knows what will show up for auction! 🙂

      Best of luck to you in your quest!

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