Offering this original watercolor on illustration board by the Wisconsin / Pennsylvania abstract painter William P. Vafeas (1922-2011). This work is offered unframed. The work measures 15 x 20 inches. Signed and dated 1995 by the artist in the lower right corner. This is a typical example of the artist's experimental work depicting Southwest landscapes which he referred to as his "Southwest Series." This work comes directly from the artist's estate and bears the estate inventory number V0568. Excellent condition, no noted deficiencies.
A beautiful rendering of a typical desert landscape found in the Midwest. Bright and vibrant throughout, sure to add to any Southwest abstract / modernist art collection.
William P. Vafeas was born to Greek (Lemnos) immigrant parents in 1922 in Aliquippa, PA. Following his graduation from high school, he worked in a local steel mill plant until being drafted into military service (US Army) in 1943. He returned home in 1945 and began his formal education as an artist and art educator. Vafeas began his formal education at the State Teachers College, Edinboro, PA, earning his BS. He then went on to earn his MA at the State University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, and his Doctorate of Education (Art Education with a minor in Studio Art) at the State University of Pennsylvania. Toward the end of his teaching career he served as a professor of art at the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He remained in Wisconsin for an additional 40 years continuing to pursue his art.
Throughout his career as an artist, he experimented with various media and styles. Heavily influenced by abstract expressionism and abstract impressionism, his subjects often focused on abstract representations of landscapes. He spent countless hours exploring the rural landscapes located near his home in the Upper Mississippi Valley (Southwestern Wisconsin), carefully documenting his journeys with pen and ink sketches which he later turned into paintings. In addition to the Midwest, Vafeas spent a lot of time painting in the Southwest United States.
Abstract Landscape, Southwest Series, by William Vafeas