The Art of Walter Blakelock Wilson
Tubac Center of the Arts is pleased to present the work of the late, great Walter Blakelock Wilson in this selection of his paintings. Please join us for the opening reception, Friday, September 23rd, 5-7pm.
An accomplished American painter, his art spans 66 years, an illustrious body of work that earns him a distinct place in American art history. Born in 1929, he was raised in upstate New York, where as a young boy, he was strongly influenced by the paintings of his great grandfather, Ralph Albert Blakelock, one of the most unique of the 19th century Hudson River School painters. Wilson graduated with honors in fine arts from Colgate University in 1951. He trained in portrait painting in the tradition of John Singer Sargent and Leopold Seyffert. During the Korean War, he flew C-46 troop carriers. He was assigned to paint portraits of generals and a monumental mural of the history of the United States Air Force. In 1956, Wilson settled with his family in Colorado Springs. In 1957, he was appointed Art Master for Fountain Valley School, where he developed and headed the Art Department and Art Gallery for 26 years. He earned his master’s degree in art at Colorado College in 1964. Wilson’s artwork is represented in over 300 corporate and private collections. (Cover image: “Storm Over the Huachucas,” Walter Wilson)