1st item – John Wesley Chumley (Virginia/Tennessee, 1928 -1984) watercolor on paper of farmer holding a cradle scythe or corn reaper, signed lower left, "Chumley". 22" x 23" sight, 31 1/4" x 33 1/4" framed. 2nd item – John Chumley framed study of the same subject matter in item 1 with the figure and scythe drawn in pencil and the end of the scythe completed in watercolor. 21" x 20" sight, 30 1/2" x 30" framed. Biography (courtesy Askart/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. Provenance: Blount County, TN Living Estate. Condition: 1st item – scattered foxing throughout. 2nd item – some foxing lower half of work.
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