Approaching Storm by George Waller Parker (1888-1957)

This painting by George Waller Parker (1888-1957) contained an old wax reline that was failing. This leads to drying of the paint film that leads cupping where the paint lifts from the canvas. The surface was also suffering from dirt particulates and a lacking depth to the stretcher bar that led to a crease all along the edge.

After being de-fit the wax re-line was removed and the painting carefully cleaning. New archival linen was adhered to the reverse and the paint-film, along the cupping, was consolidated. This has the propensity to leave some areas of loss, which were then in-painted to conceal them. New conservation varnish to finish, and a lift to the stretcher bar to allow the canvas to sit clear and without the stress that led to the previous crease lines.

George Waller Parker was born in Gouverneur, New York in 1888.  He studied art at Brown University, at the Art Student League in New York City, and at the Grande Chaumiere and Academie Colarossi in Paris, France.

He was known to have lived in Summerville, South Carolina; Portland, Maine; Nantucket, Rhode Island; and New York City as late as 1953.  He taught Summer School in Nantucket in 1940.  He painted in oils and acrylics, and his preferred subjects were landscapes, rainbows, streets, and harbor views.  He traveled extensively throughout Indonesia, including Bali, to Japan, Canada, and Mexico.

Parker was a member of the Salmagundi Club, Portland Society of Artists, Allied Artists of America, Artists Fellowship, Audubon Artists, Societe Coloniale des Artistes Francaises, Fine Arts Federation of New York, American Artists Professional League, and Grand Central Art Galleries.

He exhibited at the National Academy of Design 1928-1938, in Strasbourg, Germany; (Prize), Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Art Institute of Chicago; Kansas City Art Institute; Springfield Museum of Art; Paris Salon; Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, and in other exhibitions in New York City, Paris, France, Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ohio, Chicago, Illinois.

His work is represented at the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, at the Newark Museum of Art, at the Sweat Memorial Museum of Art, at the Lake Placid Club, at the New York Historical Society, at the Saranac Public Library, at the U.S. Navy Building, Washington, DC, at the Trudue Sanitarium, at the Baltimore Museum of art, at the American Artists Professional League, and at the Reception Hospital, Saranac Lake.

George Waller Parker died in New York City, New York in 1957.


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