William Lumpkins

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William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- Untitled Abstraction- Matthews Gallery
Untitled (Abstraction)
Watercolor on Paper
37 x 30 in
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William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- Abstract Landscape 1 1965- Matthews Gallery
Abstract Landscape #1, 1965
Serigraph
28 x 40 in
William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- The Moon- Matthews Gallery
The Moon, 1977
Felt-tip pen drawing on paper
18 5/8 x 24.75 in
William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- High Desert Series Watercolor- Matthews Gallery
Untitled (High Desert Series)
Watercolor
24.25 x 30 in
William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- Abstract Landscape 3 1965- Matthews Gallery
Abstract Landscape #3, 1965
Serigraph
27 x 40 in
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William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- The Hill Village FP 72 1981- Matthews Gallery
The Hill Village (FP 72), 1981
Felt-tip pen drawing on paper
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William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- AM Cover FP 38 1977- Matthews Gallery
AM Cover (FP 38), 1977
Felt-tip pen drawing on paper
William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- Bar Chair FP 55- Matthews Gallery
Bar Chair (FP 55)
Felt-tip pen drawing on paper
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William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- Battle of University Hill FP 43 1977- Matthews Gallery
Battle of University Hill (FP 43), 1977
Felt-tip pen drawing on paper
William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- Buffer FP 105 1977- Matthews Gallery
Buffer (FP 105), 1977
Felt-tip pen drawing on paper
William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- Far Pavilion 1989- Matthews Gallery
Far Pavilion, 1989
Mixed Media on Paper
31 x 26 in
William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- Flag FP 54 1977- Matthews Gallery
Flag (FP 54), 1977
Felt-tip pen drawing on paper
William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- Grose FP 72 1977- Matthews Gallery
Grose (FP 72), 1977
Felt-tip pen drawing on paper
William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- Horizon FP 81 1977- Matthews Gallery
Horizon (FP 81), 1977
Felt-tip pen drawing on paper
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William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- Pink Handle 1976- Matthews Gallery
Pink Handle, 1976
Felt-tip pen drawing on paper
William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- Richard MFP 43 1976- Matthews Gallery
Richard (MFP 43), 1976
Felt-tip pen drawing on paper
William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- Sheed FP 88 1977- Matthews Gallery
Sheed (FP 88), 1977
Felt-tip pen drawing on paper
William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- Stacked Cubes 1977- Matthews Gallery
Stacked Cubes, 1977
Felt-tip pen drawing on paper
William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- Tethered FP 94 1977- Matthews Gallery
Tethered (FP 94), 1977
Felt-tip pen drawing on paper
William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- The Wanderer_ 1977- Matthews Gallery
The Wanderer, 1977
Felt-tip pen drawing on paper
William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- Trimmed 1977- Matthews Gallery
Trimmed, 1977
Felt-tip pen drawing on paper
15 x 21.25 in
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William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- Untitled Landscape- Matthews Gallery
Untitled
Watercolor
11 x 17.75 in
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William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- Untitled Modernist Landscape 1937- Matthews Gallery
William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- Untitled 1977- Matthews Gallery
Untitled, 1977
Felt-tip pen drawing on paper
William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- Variables FP 101 1977- Matthews Gallery
Variables (FP 101), 1977
Felt-tip pen drawing on paper
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William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- Weeds FP 91 1977- Matthews Gallery
Weeds (FP 91), 1977
Felt-tip pen drawing on paper
William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- Wild Chess FP 2 1977- Matthews Gallery
Wild Chess (FP 2), 1977
Felt-tip pen drawing on paper
William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- Wine Glass FP 76 1977- Matthews Gallery
Wine Glass (FP 76), 1977
Felt-tip pen drawing on paper
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William  Lumpkins William Lumpkins- Zee MFP 2 1975- Matthews Gallery
Zee (MFP 2), 1975
Felt-tip pen drawing on paper
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William  Lumpkins

William Lumpkins

William Lumpkins Description

William Lumpkins (1909-2000) was born on a ranch near Clayton, New Mexico. His early life was dominated by hard work, and he received a sporadic early education. A childhood tutor taught him about Zen Buddhism, which made a lasting impact on his life and artwork.

In the late 1910’s, the family moved to Springville, Arizona. As an 8-year-old, Lumpkins caught sight of an artist passionately working in his studio and was inspired to follow the same path. In 1924 the family relocated again to Lincoln County, New Mexico. Lumpkins attended high school in Roswell. There he met artist Peter Hurd (1904-1984) and writer Paul Horgan, who would be influential artistic mentors.

“Peter was a grand friend,” Lumpkins said of Hurd. “He was so supportive of me and my early work. I was only working in pencil and paper—I didn’t have a pen at that time—but Pete would examine each of my primitive efforts and would critique each and every one as if they were masterpieces. More than anyone, before or since, Peter Hurd was the one person who helped me see with the eye of an artist.”

In 1927, Lumpkins took his first trip to Santa Fe with Hurd. Two years later he graduated from high school and enrolled at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. There he studied painting under Neil Hogner and took architecture classes from Irwin Parsons. He also met young artists Cady Wells and Andrew Dasburg, who taught him about nonrepresentational painting. During the summers, the artist recalled working feverishly throughout the day “as if possessed”.

This early work already displays the quintessential Lumpkins approach, in which the immediacy of watercolor is fully wielded and “the strokes are bold and energetic; white paper both a luminous ground and a compositional element."

Lumpkins’ breakthrough into abstract painting came in 1930, when he stumbled upon the installation of a John Marin exhibition in Taos. “Marin’s paintings were leaning against the wall and as I glanced at them, I was totally mystified,” he said. “I guess one problem was that I was looking at them upside down, I found out that didn’t matter. It worked either way. They were wonderful.” The artist completed his first abstract painting shortly thereafter, about a decade before the rise of Abstract Expressionism in the United States.

After studying engineering at Colorado State University, Lumpkins enrolled at the University of Southern California for architecture. He "got tired" of school before graduating, and returned to Santa Fe in 1935 to work as an artist and junior architect for the Works Progress Administration. Lumpkins said he chose a career in architecture over art because he “didn’t want to be a starving artist”.

Over the next few years, he became known for traditional architectural designs that blended Pueblo and Craftsman aesthetics. He mounted multiple historic preservation projects in the region and also became an authority on contemporary adobe architecture, but he couldn't stay away from the paintbrush for long.

Along with his friends Raymond Jonson, Emil Bisttram and others, Lumpkins formed the Transcendental Painting Group (TPG) in 1938. The collective was inspired by early abstract artists like Wassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian, as well as Theosophy, Zen Buddhism and Dynamic Symmetry. Their goal was to validate and promote abstract art by transcending their senses to explore spiritual realms. The group organized lectures, published articles and mounted exhibitions in New Mexico, San Francisco and New York.

The TPG only lasted a few years, disbanding in 1942 because of World War II. However, the collective’s influence endures in the Southwest and beyond. Some consider the group an heir to Russian Constructivism, Gino Severini and the Bauhaus.

After World War II, Lumpkins worked as an architect and painter in La Jolla, CA. In the 1940s he started to develop a new style that blended Spanish Colonial and Pueblo influences, which he called “Spanish-Pueblo”. It was during this period that he began his series of experimental felt-tip pen drawings.

In 1967, Lumpkins returned to Santa Fe for a third and final time. He continued to work in architecture, co-founding solar energy firm Sun Mountain Design in 1972. He also produced innovative artwork during this period, completing a series of semi-abstract and abstract drawings and serigraphs.

Lumpkins co-founded the Santa Fe Art Institute in 1985, and mounted major museum retrospectives of his art and design work in the 1990’s. He died in 2000. His artwork is held in many prominent collections, including the Smithsonian Institution.

“Architecture is discipline—painting is freedom,” he said. “I need both.”

Read more about Lumpkins on the Matthews Gallery blog and in the Santa Fe New Mexican's Pasatiempo.

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