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.
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.