Elections (Dallas)

Listing No: 4033

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Artwork Info

FAE Listing No:
4033
Artist:
William Curtis Elliott (1909-2001)
Title:
Elections (Dallas)
Signature:
"Elliott" at lower right
Presentation:
Unmatted

Artwork Medium

Type:
Painting
Medium:
Watercolor
Support:
on Paper

Artwork Size & Weight

Primary:
15.25 x 22.25 in.

Artwork Condition

Condition:
Recto: Far upper right corner bent causing underlying paper fibers to be visible along crease. There is evidence that the far upper right paper corner is missing. Overall watercolor is fresh and the paper sheet is in good condition. Verso: Other than pigment transfer from the watercolor beneath it, there is no apparent damage visible.

Artwork Provenance

Provenance:
This artwork comes directly from the Artist's Estate

About this Piece

After serving his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII, Elliott returned to Dallas and opened his own studio. He built a successful business serving the advertising and commercial artwork needs of numerous corporate clients.

In 1967, Elliott devoted most of his time to his first love – watercolor. He is considered one of Dallas’s best known and most accomplished watercolor artists. His paintings draw on observations from trips through Spain, Portugal, Colorado, Maine, and along the Texas Gulf coast. He was a member of the Southwestern Water Society, and his paintings, particularly his watercolors, have been widely collected.

He has exhibited in over 100 juried art exhibitions, winning over forty awards. His works are held in the collections of Diamond Shamrock Corporation, Southwestern Bell Telephone, John Deere Corporation, and numerous other corporate and private collections. During these years, he maintained memberships with the Texas Watercolor Society, Southwestern Watercolor Society, Texas Fine Arts Association, and Men’s Professional Art League.

About the Artist

William Elliott 1909-2001

William Elliott was born April 4, 1909 in Sedalia, Missouri. After his family moved to Dallas, in 1928 he graduated from Dallas’s Sunset High School, and then enrolled at John Tarleton College in Stephenville, Texas where he received a degree in architecture. Upon returning home, in 1931, he enrolled in Olin Travis’s Art Institute of Dallas. He had no money for tuition and, like Everett Spruce before him, cleaned the classrooms at the end of each day in exchange for lessons. He took classes for three years at Travis’ Art Institute cultivating friendships with other Dallas artists which he maintained throughout his career.

After Leaving the Institute, he took on his first full time job as a commercial artist, creating artwork for the Interstate Theater chain. He was provided a studio by Interstate in the Melba Theater Building. When he was not working on a project for Interstate, he would look out his window for passersby that he might be able to do convince to sit for him. He learned this technique for finding inexpensive sitters while at the Art Institute. While in the depths of the depression, most people were willing to sit for whatever Elliott was able to pay.

During this time, Elliott frequently worked in the field alongside his friends Reid Crowell, William Lester, Reveau Bassett, and Otis Dozier. They sketched and painted at locations throughout Dallas, and the surrounding rural areas together. Although he was friends with many of the Dallas Regionalist artists, he was not considered a Regionalist by the group because he made his living as a commercial artist. Amusingly, over the next 10 years, he exhibited his work alongside theirs during the Texas State Fair in Dallas’ competitive Allied Arts Exhibitions held in the Dallas Museum of Fine Art, and at the Carnegie Library in Fort Worth.

During World War II, Elliott served as a staff artist with the U. S. Army Air Corps. Elliott returned to Dallas after the war and opened his own studio. He built a successful business serving the advertising and commercial artwork needs of numerous corporate clients.

Because he had been so successful as a commercial artist, in the mid-1960’s he retired so he could devote himself full time to his first love – watercolor. To further his skill set, he went to the Art Students League in NYC to study with Robert Angelock and to Woodstock to study with Stefan Lokos.

Over the next 30 years, he became one of Dallas’s best known and most accomplished watercolor artists. His paintings draw on observations from trips through Spain, Portugal, Colorado, Maine, and along the Texas Gulf coast. He was a long-term member of the Southwestern Watercolor Society, and during his career, exhibited in over 100 juried art exhibitions, winning over forty awards. His works can be found in the collections of Diamond Shamrock Corporation, Southwestern Bell Telephone, John Deere Corporation, and numerous other corporate and private collections.

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