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.

 

Frank Dudley Dune Painting with American Impressionist Frame

This Dune painting by Frank Virgil Dudley (1868-1957) suffered from heavy smoke and dirt particulates across the surface. There was some paint loss along the top as well as a crease around the perimeter due to the stress caused by the stretcher bar, and there were some craquelures that were discovered.

The cleaning process had a tremendous effect, but it made the craquelures more apparent. Consolidation returned these areas to plane, and in-fill and in-painting concealed them.

A new custom and handmade American Impressionist frame was made with carved corners and gilded with 22 karat gold.

In an auction at the beginning of the year, Frank Dudley set his career high mark, and we glad to see not only the appreciation for the style of American Impressionism, but also the appreciation for the “Painter of the Dunes,” as Dudley became to be known as.

Frank Dudley (1868-1957), born in Delavan, Wisconsin, had worked as a youth with his father as a house painter.  Frank was one of three brothers born to deaf-mute parents, James A. and Flora Virgil Dudley. Communicating in sign language, James Dudley taught his sons the craft of house painting. James also had some skill as a draftsman and easel painter, and Frank likely received his earliest art instruction from his father. He also studied easel painting with Albert McCoy, who was a visiting artist from Chicago, and then moved to Chicago where he took a job as a commercial engraver.  He attended night classes at the Art Institute where he studied under John H. Vanderpoel and Charles Boutwood. Around this time he also had an introduction to Impressionism by way of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

Frank married Mahala Boxwell several years before their son Paul was born in 1898, and he supported his family with his artwork. Following the sudden death of his wife in 1904, Frank Dudley turned to plein air landscape painting.

In 1911, he visited the Indiana Dunes for the first time, and began to record the scenery there. In 1913 he married his second wife, Maida Lewis, with whom he spent the rest of his life. With Maida often seated nearby, he painted the Dunes in all seasons.

In 1921, having gained much positive attention for his regional focus, Dudley closed the small art supply business he was running in Chicago, and built a cabin for full-time painting on Lake Michigan near Chesterton, Indiana.  He was able to build the cabin with money he received from winning the Logan Prize of the Art Institute for his painting, Duneland, and from then selling the painting to the Art Institute.

Dudley’s studio and cottage became a gathering place for many painters attracted to the Indiana Dunes and to the variances of the shoreline.  The artists, including Dudley, became champions of preservation for the area, and the beauty of their canvases stirred the public pressure that led in 1923 to the establishment of two-thousand acres as the Indiana Dunes State Park.

At that time, Dudley made an arrangement to be able to keep his cabin as rental property within the park in exchange for one painting a year donated to the Indiana State Department of Conservation.  Living in the Park for over thirty years, he died in 1957.

Exhibition venues include the Hoosier Salon, Art Institute of Chicago, Cedar Rapids Art Association, Corcoran Gallery and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

A growing trend here at the studio.

It started innocently enough back in 2019. A pair of cows from the brush of Whitney.

 

Some time later, a few more passersby strolled in.

 

Then the word really got out and a whole bunch of them came in. This time from the brush of William Watson.

 

In August of 2021, these cows, farmer-led, found our doors open, too.

 

And then just the other day these cows came in, and judging by the amount of dirt contaminates on the surface, the journey must have been a long one.

As you can see we’ve got our work cut out for us, but we’ll keep mooooving along. Stay tuned for more (spoilers: the cows make it out okay)…

Salvatore Postiglione Portrait of a Girl

This portrait by Salvatore Postiglione (1861-1906) was brought in to the studio. It suffers from dry canvas, a couple areas of loss, and some smoke damage. The painting will be carefully cleaned and then adhered to new archival linen and in-painted where necessary with conservation varnish to finish. Stay tuned for more…

Salvatore Postiglione was from Naples, Italy and was the son of painter Luigi Postiglione and brother of the artist Luca Postiglione. His father provided the beginnings of his artistic eduction which was honed later at the Art Academy of Modena under Morelli.

In 1902 he became a professor of the Academy of Modena, and his paintings can be found nowadays in museums in Rome, Naples and Triest, and he frescoed the hall of the Palazzo della Borsa of Naples, and of Castello Miramare in Trieste.