William Thomas Lumpkins: Abstract Pioneer – A Survey of 60 Years of Watercolor

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Untitled (Gold Coast), 1934 Watercolor On Paper H: 8 X W: 11 In © Courtesy of the Artist and Aaron Payne Fine Art
William Thomas Lumpkins: Abstract Pioneer – A Survey of 60 Years of Watercolor

213 East Marcy Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
June 26th, 2009 - August 1st, 2009
Opening: June 26th, 2009 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Monday -Saturday 10am -5pm


Aaron Payne Fine Art is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by William Thomas Lumpkins. Over 30 works from private collections have been brought together for this exhibit, from some of his earliest abstractions to his later, large-scale watercolors.

William Lumpkins was one of the only early modernists native to New Mexico. Lumpkins is associated with a number of prominent modern art movements in the Southwest, including the Transcendental Painting Group, a group of artists whose shared vision was to transcend material reality and advance the expression of spirituality in art through the creation of non-representational work. He was also a member of Los Cinco Pintores, a group which met in local cafes in Santa Fe and included Willard Nash, Walter Mruk, Fremont Ellis, Will Shuster and Josef Bakos.

Lumpkins' abstract work predated by ten years most of the Abstract Expressionists in America. His paintings, both representational and abstract, exhibit a unique mastery with the medium of watercolor. Lumpkins’ works poignantly communicate emotion and mood with a powerful eloquence of expression through shape, color, and space.

Lumpkins was a key figure in the Santa Fe art community. He was a pioneer of passive solar architecture and founded the Santa Fe Art Institute in 1985. Lumpkins was honored in 1998 with the Distinguished Artist Award from the Santa Fe Rotary Foundation as well as with a show of his architectural designs at the Santa Fe Museum of Fine Arts. The Roswell Museum presented a major retrospective of the artist's work in 1995, and he was one of the six featured artists at the alcove show at the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe in 1994/95.

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