Walter Thrift (1922-1969)

Walter Thrift (1922-1969). Red & Black, #2, 1959. Oil and burlap panels on canvas measures an impressive 34 x 40 inches, 42 x 48 inches in the original frame designed by the artist. Heavily textured surface with two burlap panels affixed to canvas (long black vertical regions at left). Signed and dated within the spherical shape. One small area of paint loss in left margin. No restoration or overpaint. The piece is as found, and quite dirty. The surface would significantly benefit from a professional cleaning.



Born in High Point, North Carolina in 1922

A self-taught artist, Walter Thrift turned to painting as a full time profession in 1958.

North Carolina State Museum, Mint Museum of Art, Winston-Salem Gallery of Fine Art, Greenville Art Center, Wilimington College, Salem College, Birmingham Museum, National Academy Galleries, Ball State Teachers College, Brockton Art Association Galleries,  Butler Institute of American Art, Montogomery Museum, University of Miami,  Norfolk Museum (now, The Chrysler Museum), Mississippi Art Association Galleries, Newport Art Asscociation Galleries, University of North Dakota, Oklahoma Art Center, Riverside Museum,  Atlanta Museum of Art,  John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art,  Society of Four Arts,  Virginia Museum, United States National Museum,  Georgia Museum of Art, , Louisiana State Art Commission, Walter Cecil Rawls Museum, Ohio University, John Herron Museum.

Permanent Collections: Mississippi Municipal Museum; Greenville Art Center; North Carolina State Museum; Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts; Lauren B. Rogers Museum; Mint Museum, Ball State Teachers College; Wilmington College; Humble Oil Company; Norfolk Investment Banking Corporation; John Herron Museum of Art; North Carolina State college; Fleishman Collection of Cincinnati, Gordon Hanes collection of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Commission.