Walter Stomps Monumental Abstract Oil Painting "The Ring", 1963
Walter Stomps, Jr. (Kentucky/Ohio, 1929 – 2020)
The Ring, 1963
Oil painting on canvas
Signed to the lower right
Labeled to verso
From the estate of the artist, Walter Stomps, Jr.
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.
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- discoloration and accretions throughout; surface wear to painting; stretcher marks and corner draw to canvas; craquelure throughout; minor twist to stretcher; edge wear to canvas with spots of paint loss; foxing to canvas verso.