Item: Untitled Watercolor
Designer/Maker: Charles Littler (1928-1991) – Charles Littler joined The University of Arizona Art Department faculty in 1957 after earning his M.F.A. from New York state’s Alfred University. He had studied with the Abstract Expressionist painter Hans Hoffmann in New York in 1951-52 and was Hoffmann’s secretary from 1952-54. In his classes, Littler encouraged students to explore new media and, more importantly, to find ways to integrate art into their lives. He constantly examined the meaning of life through his own art and produced a large body of work, but rarely exhibited in galleries or museums. Around 1970 he stopped painting and began experimenting with other media such as film making and performance art. Littler considered his most important accomplishment to be the founding of Rancho Linda Vista, an artists’ community near Oracle, Arizona. Established in the mid-sixties, the ranch continues to thrive as a “home for creative endeavors.” In 1994, a retrospective exhibition was held at the University of Arizona Art Museum in Charles Littler’s memory and in an attempt to share his lifetime in art with the general public.
-from Tucson’s Early Moderns 1945-1965, published by the University of Arizona Museum of Art
Description: A signed, figurative expressionist watercolor painted in Arizona during the 1960s, this work was at one time part of the inventory of the Dick Seeger Design Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. Original frame with replaced UV acrylic.
Dimensions: 15-3/4″ x 13-3/4″ framed
Condition: Very good
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