Walter Blakelock Wilson
Walter Blakelock Wilson was an accomplished American painter whose art spanned 68 years, boasting an illustrious body of work that earned him a distinct place in American art history. Wilson was raised in upstate New York, where as a young boy, he studied and copied the paintings of his great grandfather, Ralph Albert Blakelock, one of the most unique of the 19th century Hudson River School painters. This early influence drove the young Wilson to aspire toward a successful career in art receiving his first commission at the age of 14.
Walter Wilson graduated with honors in fine arts from Colgate University in 1951 where he trained in portrait painting in the tradition of John Singer Sargent and Leopold Seyfert. Walter married Patricia Steele in 1952. During the Korean War, he was stationed in Japan where he flew a C-46 troop carrier and was simultaneously asked to paint portraits of generals and devise and complete a monumental mural of the history of the United States Air Force.
In 1956, Wilson settled with his family of six children in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he worked as a freelance artist. In 1957 he was appointed to develop and head the art department and gallery at Fountain Valley School. On the side, Wilson continued painting portraits as well as designing sets for theaters, operas and symphony orchestras.
Ahead of his time in entrepreneurial business ventures, Wilson founded a commercial art enterprise LEASEART, in l976. A few years later, he founded THE ART BANK, where clients; investments of art assets could be bought, traded, leased or sold through the company’s specialized services.
Wilson’s paintings hand in over 300 corporate and private collections. His style covers six decades worth of genres, influences and original methods. His proficiency in multiple approaches to painting was vas and this, combined with his portrait paints and his unique landscapes depicting the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the San Luis Valley and Southern Arizona, defines the art of Walter Blakelock Wilson.
Wilson and his wife settled in Tubac, Arizona in 1988, where they opened TUBAC OLD WORLD IMPORTS and the Walter Wilson Studios. Art, flying, nature and family were his passions. He painted every day of his life, until he passed away in December of 2011.
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