This is a large drawing in what I believe to be charcoal and color pencil or chalk, 24" by 18" inside the mat, (no glass), 30 1/2" by 24 1/2" as framed, titled at bottom right "Study of Ripple", and signed there by the artist, well-known New Mexico painter WALT GONSKE (1942-). Gonske was born in New Jersey and early in his career, he was a fashion illustrator in advertising in New York City, but a 1972 trip to the Taos, New Mexico area changed his life, as he was taken by the artistic potential and history in that part of the country. The ensuing years saw a creative burst, centering on an impressionist view of the landscape and Native American peoples. Gonske was mentioned in many books on artists of the west, and in magazines such as Southwest Art. There followed many exhibitions of his work, and then his work was represented by many of the top galleries of Northern New Mexico. Paintings have sold at auction into five figures. His drawings are less known but obviously reflect his training in fashion. This study is undated, but might just be from his earlier years in the Southwest. The paper is extensively crinkled and bubbled as the work was evidently pasted down to a board, and there are a few nicks and other imperfections; but the beauty of the figure, the artist's understanding of the human body, shines through unimpeded. See the net for many images of Gonske's beautiful interpretations of the Northern New Mexico landscape.
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