Walter Stomps Abstract Oil Painting "Nughardt," 1958
Walter Stomps, Jr. (Kentucky/Ohio, 1929 – 2020)
Oil painting on canvas
Signed to lower left and verso
Titled and dated to verso
Walter Stomps was a modern formalist artist who specialized in large-scale Abstract Expressionist and geometric Color Field paintings. He received his BFA and MFA at the Art Institute of Chicago, during which he developed a method of layering acrylic paint and applying large dabs of paint with industrial paper towels and paint-soaked linen. Throughout his career, Stomps also taught at the Middletown Fine Arts Center, the Dayton Arts Institute, and Western Kentucky University for over four decades. Similar to other Modernists of the 20th century, he began working in a more representational style, then progressed into gestural Abstract Expressionism before developing his mature monumental Color Field style. His work has been exhibited at multiple institutions including the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Dayton Art Institute, the Owensboro Museum of Art, and the J.B. Speed Museum of Art.
- Item not examined outside of mounting
- significant accretions and discoloration to surface; moderate craquelure in concentrated areas throughout the composition; minor impact crackle to lower left; minor abrasions throughout the composition; minor wear and staining to frame; wear, toning, staining and accretions to verso.
- measures frame; sight measures 21.75" W x 34.0" H7