Oak Creek Canyon. 1928. Oil on canvas. 22 x 28 (framed 28 1/2 x 34 1/2). Signed, lower right. $7,000.
In 1928, at age 79, Walkley spent the winter painting in Arizona. His rare works from the period are filled with light and subtle color.
Oak Creek Canyon is a 12-mile gorge famous for its spectacular scenery. Also called the gateway to Sedona, it part of the Red Rock Country of Arizona's Mogollon Rim and is knowown for its breathtaking red-rock monoliths. that the winding road through Oak Creek Canyon not only is Arizona's first officially designated scenic highway, it is the first leg of a day trip to one of the world's great wonders, the nearby Grand Canyon.
Oak Creek Canyon is a 12 mile (20 km) long river gorge located along the Mogollon Rim in northern Arizona located between the cities of Flagstaff and Sedona. The canyon is often described as a smaller cousin of the Grand Canyon because of its scenic beauty. State Route 89A enters the canyon on its north end via a series of hairpin turns before traversing the bottom of the canyon for about 13 miles (20.8 kilometers) until the highway enters the town of Sedona. The Oak Creek Canyon-Sedona area is the second most popular tourist destination in Arizona, second only to the Grand Canyon.
Born in Rome, Ohio in 1849, he moved to Rock Creek, Ohio as a child. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, 1867-1871. In 1898, he exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, and in 1911-12 at the National Academy of Design. In Paris, he studied at the Academy Julian, with Boulanger and Lefebvre, 1878; Academy Moster, 1878. In 1885, he studied at the Art Students League in New York City with William Merritt Chase. He was among the first artist residents at Mystic, Connecticut in the early decade of the twentieth century.
David Birdsey Walkley was a member of the Salmagundi Club (1903) and the Society of American Artists. He exhibited at the National Academy of Design (1911-1912), the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art (1898), the Chicago Art Association (1897), the Colombian Exposition, Chicago (1893). the Art Institute of Chicago and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. He taught at the Pittsburgh School of Design, (1879 - 84)and in Manhattan at the Art Students League, (late 1880s).
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