Art Brokerage: William J. McCloskey American Artist: b. 1859-1941. Born in Philadelphia in 1859, William Joseph McCloskey showed a vast artistic talent at an early age. Fiercely devoted to his studies, William J. McCloskey enjoyed surrounding himself with other Pennsylvanian artists. One artist in particular was a frequent companion of McCloskey's, artist Alberta Binford. The two married and moved to Los Angeles where they soon were recognized as the shining stars of the American art world. In 1885, the duo moved to New York, and then, embarked on a world-wide journey to continue to perfect their art. Both mainly focused on still lifes, however, they would occasionally paint a portrait using the same painstaking attention to detail. Known for his exceptional handling of light and shadow, and almost-photographic realism, William J. McCloskey's still lifes hang in the finest museums in the world. Listings wanted by Art Brokerage.