A 1937 abstract painting is among a trove of more than 150 works on paper by William Lumpkins that were recently released by his estate and are available at Matthews Gallery. None of the watercolors, serigraphs, and felt-tip-pen drawings by the late architect and artist have been seen before by the public.
The pieces have been kept by Lumpkins’ son, Will Lumpkins of Albuquerque. He had worked at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, “so my dad knew I knew about taking care of art prints. When he decided to simplify his studio storage, he picked out the pieces that he wanted me to archive at home.” Lumpkins, who died in 2000 at 90, didn’t want his son to put the prints on the market until Will was at least 70. The artist wanted to be sure his son’s artistic concept “was mature enough to where I didn’t have to mimic him.”
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