Antique Shop, water color on board
Summer's Colors, watercolor on paper
Walter Garver truly requires no introduction to Rochesterians, since his work over the years has made him one of upstate New Yorks most prominent painters. A Buffalo resident and one-time student of Charles Burchfield, Walter has been both a recipient of countless honors and a subject of numerous publications. Among the collections including his work are the Burchfield-Penny Center in Buffalo, and the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown.
The hard-edged style of many paintings, together with the artists fondness for industrial scenes, would place him in the tradition of Precisionist painters like Scheeler, Crawford, or Demuth. Here sharp tonal contrasts, precise delineation of forms, and abrupt juxtaposition of planes push the images outside the boundaries of realism and "freeze" them in nearly abstract designs. But style for Garver is always a function of purpose.
In his other paintings the artist adopts a more traditional modeling technique, focusing the light source, and providing us images of luminous realism.
Allied Artists of America
Buffalo Society of Artists
Copley Society of Boston
National Watercolor Society
Who’s Who in American Art
The Best of Oil Painting, ed. Nicholas and Terelak, Rockport, 1996
Encyclopedia of Watercolor Landscape Technique, Hazel Soan, Quarto, 1996
Splash, North Light, 1991
Painting Hands, Figures & Faces, Angela Gair, Quarto, 1991
Painting Buildings, Hazel Harrison, Quarto, 1991
Creative Landscape Painting, Edward Betts,Watson-Guptill, 1978
Creative Color, Wendon Blake, Watson-Guptill, 1972
Summertime, oil on board, 16"x 19"
Hide and Seek , oil on masonite, 29" x 24"
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