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2022 Summer Fine Art & Antiques (Day 2)

Sun, Jul 10, 2022 01:00PM EDT
Lot 880

Exhibited John Chumley W/C Dark Forest & 2 Prints, 3 items

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,400

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Three (3) John Wesley Chumley (Virginia/Tennessee, 1928-1984) artworks. 1st item: Watercolor on bristol board painting titled "Dark Forest," depicting a lush woodland interior with orange Jack-O-Lantern mushrooms and white button mushrooms emerging around the base of tree along with vines and fern. John Chumley label with painting title and dimensions en verso. Housed in a molded giltwood frame with linen liner. Sight: 21 3/4" H x 27 3/4" W. Framed: 29 5/8" H x 35 1/4" W. Note: This painting was exhibited at the show "The World of Chumley" held at The Columbia Museum of Art (Columbia, SC) in 1977. A copy of the exhibit catalog is available to the winning bidder on this painting. 2nd item: Color lithograph on paper after the original painting titled "Mountain Church", plate 1, numbered 300/750, published by DeSales Limited, Cincinnati, OH, 1971. Depicts a small whitewashed church situated in a landscape setting with houses against a mountain range in the background. Signed "Chumley" and "John Chumley" in the stone, lower left, "Plate 1" in the stone, top left. Pencil signature and number likely obscured by mat. Folding information sheet about Chumley and the print housed inside an envelope with artist's information and print number, a certificate of authenticity label, and additional publisher and framing labels, en verso. Housed and double matted under glass in a wooden frame with giltwood trim. Sight: 15 1/2" H x 24 3/4" W. Framed: 26 1/2" H x 36 1/4" W. 3rd item: Color lithograph on paper after the original painting titled "Skating Party", numbered 33/1000, published by the Shenandoah Fine Arts Company, Waynesboro, VA, ca. 1980s. Depicts a group of ice skaters on a frozen lake, a farmhouse situated in a snow-covered landscape visible in the background. Numbered, in pencil, lower left below image, signed "B. Chumley" by Chumley's widow Bettye Chumley Boyer (1930-2017), in pencil, lower right below image. Signed "Chumley" in the stone, lower left. Includes an information sheet about Chumley and the print, housed in a brown paper envelope, with a Frame Enterprises Inc. Knoxville, TN label en verso of frame. Housed and double matted under glass in a wooden frame with gilt trim. Sight: 16" H x 26" W. Framed: 25 3/4" H x 35" W. Biography: John Wesley Chumley was born in 1928 in Rochester, Minnesota while his father, a Tennessee native, was in his surgical residency at Mayo Clinic. He attended McCampbell School and the Tennessee Military Institute in Sweetwater, Tennessee. His concentration on art quickly grew after a football injury. His post-graduate study under Walter Stuempfig at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts further convinced him that his field was realism and the rural countryside his stimulus. As he refined his work, there were other influential centers of art along the way -the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida, where he met his wife Bettye (Skip) Roberts; and the Fort Worth Center of Art, Fort Worth, Texas, where he was artist-in-residence from 1958-1961. In 1961 the couple moved to a 200-acre farm in Middleton, VA that provided scenery, wildlife, plants and inspiration for the artist. Chumley's character and personality were reflected in the choice of his chief medium -egg tempera, the most difficult and "slowest," although he also painted in watercolors and oil. His painstaking representation of scenery, plants, and lifelike human and animal subjects with tempera -a tedious process involving a mixture of pigment, egg yolk, and water that dried quickly -enabled him to express his perception of light. As John observed, "Light is my bag." (source: Adapted from Askart, taken from with the permission of Fountain City Historian J.C. Tumblin).

Private Southern collection.


1st item: Painting missing the original glass. Some very light inconspicuous areas of scratching/abrasions noted to lower right corner, right margin and center. Minor abrasion to mid-left side of linen liner; liner has a couple of discolored spots. 2nd-3rd items: Overall very good condition. Not examined outside of frames. Publication paperwork with surface grime, wrinkling, toning, light staining, to be expected from age.