Untitled by Walter Egel Kuhlman

Untitled by Walter Egel Kuhlman

Untitled

Walter Egel Kuhlman

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Title

Untitled

 
Artist
Year
1949  
Technique
color intaglio (monoprint) 
Image Size
4 3/4 x 7 3/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
2/8, variant 
Annotations
dated after the signature 
Reference
Kuhlman 1008 
Paper
ivory wove Warren's Oldestyle watermarked 
State
unique proof 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
ALSE107 
Price
$1,800.00 
Description

Walt Kuhlman’s work often meditated on the human condition, using veiled symbolism as a means of portraying our concern with death, isolation, and the unknown. His time in the Navy during World War II likely had a great impact on his subject matter, and in 1947 the chaos of war was still fresh in the minds of many former soldiers, including Kuhlman, who studied art on the G.I. bill upon his return.

Though Kuhlman often worked in a figurative style when it came to painting, his prints usually tended toward abstract expressionism, as in the case of this untitled intaglio. Bird-like forms appear to take flight across a moody sky, tangled by deeply etched lines that curl and vibrate around the forms like electricity. A notion of departure, change, and perhaps grief are enveloped within the matrix, illuminated by Kuhlman’s deft wiping of the plate to achieve a sense of light filtering through the darkness.

Walter Egel Kuhlman was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on November 11, 1918. Between 1936 and 1939, he attended the Saint Paul School of Fine Art in Minnesota where he was a student of Cameron Booth. In 1941, he received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota. Following a solo exhibition at the Walker Art Center in 1940, Kuhlman joined the faculty of the St. Paul School of Art. Within two years, however, he was drafted into the U.S. Navy. Moving to San Francisco in 1947, he enrolled in the California School of Fine Arts under the GI Bill, Kuhlman studied at the school until 1950 and during that time he was a member of the abstract expressionist group the Sausalito Six. He also studied at Tulane University and, in 1950, at the Acadamie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris. In 1951, his work was included in the Salon des Realities Nouvelles at the Petit Palais in Paris.

Kuhlman's teaching career began in 1956 when he joined the faculty of the California School of Fine Arts. He also taught at Stanford University, Santa Clara University, Arizona University, New Mexico University, University of Michigan and the National Academy of Design in 1995. Recognition of his work includes fellowships from the Tiffany Foundation, the Cummington Foundation and the Graham Foundation, and, in 1982, the California Arts Council presented him with the Outstanding California Working Artist and Teacher award.

 

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