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Dickman Walker (1907 – 1953)

Updated: Jun 20

32. Dancer, 1932

Pastel on paper, 19 x 12 ½ inches (unframed sheet), 25 x 16 ¾ inches (framed), inscribed “Dickman Walker to Ed Rowan 1932” lower right



An Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings, Lithographs and Sculpture by Thomas Eldred, John Bloom, and Dickman Walker at the Davenport Municipal Art Gallery, Davenport, Iowa, from October 1 to October 25, 1932 – listed in the catalog “[no.] 66 Dancer (pastel) $5”

About the Artist

Dickman Walker was a multi-faceted painter, printmaker, sculptor, and ceramist from Rock Island, Illinois. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the New York College of Ceramics. Walker was a prize-winning artist who exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Davenport Municipal Art Gallery, and the Little Gallery in Cedar Rapids. In 1934 and 1935, Walker’s work traveled the county in the Iowa Speaks exhibition organized by Edward Rowan under the auspices of the American Federation of Arts. Walker later moved to California and exhibited at a number of important institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. An interesting aside is that Walker is considered one of the originators of Hawaiian-themed Tiki barware. Walker is listed in Who Was Who in American Art and other standard references.

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