John Wesley Chumley (Virginia/Tennessee 1928-1984) watercolor snow scene painting titled "Blizzard" depicting two houses in the background (presumably the artist's homes) and a fence line in the foreground, both covered in deep drifts of winter snow. Signed "Chumley" lower right. Titled "Blizzard/ Chumley's House" en verso. Housed in a silvered gilt wood frame. Sight – 19 1/4" H x 29" W. Framed – 30 1/4" H x 40 1/2" W. Provenance: The Living Estate of Rita Whittle, Maryville, TN. Biography (courtesy Askart: The Artists' Bluebook/J.C. Tumblin): "John Chumley was born in Minnesota and grew up in Tennessee. His interest in realism flourished while studying under Walter Steumpfig at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; he also studied at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and was Artist in Residence at the Fort Worth Center of Art in Texas from 1958-1961. Chumley moved with his family to the Shenandoah Valley in 1961. Scenes from his native East Tennessee were a frequent source of inspiration. He had one man shows at the Dulin Gallery of Art (predecessor of the Knoxville Museum of Art, Fort Worth, Norfolk, Va., Pennsylvania and New York. His New York exhibits were very successful and earned him national recognition and comparisons with Hopper and Wyeth. He is buried in Winchester, Virginia". CONDITION: Overall good condition. Few scattered foxing spots, top right quadrant.
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