Dale Weaver Totten

Out Door Kitchen

Watercolor and ink, 1983.
Image and paper: 12 x 15 1/2 in.
Excellent condition.

Inventory number: DWT143
Signed and dated “83” by the artist in black ink.
Cowboys gathered around a table cooking various dishes, with a blue kettle on the left and pots and pans underneath the table.

Dale Weaver Totten (1938–2008) developed a distinct artistic style throughout his prolific and diverse career, from when he began exhibiting his artwork around 1960, until after he worked for The Walt Disney Company in the late 1970s and 1980s. His later artworks include original watercolors and drawings, which he created independently, and were an extension of his professional experience. His subjects are ordinary people engaged in everyday activities, and through the fluid lines of his pen, the artist captures the essence of their movements and their place in time.

The painting “Out Door Kitchen” is dated 1983. It pictures four men cooking together on one crowded countertop. The fine lines of black ink outline the details of the figures’ clothing and cooking instruments so that there is no mistake that they are all cowboys. Totten’s interest in the American West may have grown out of his father’s background as a character actor for RKO Pictures, bought and managed by the eccentric film producer Howard Hughes in 1948. The artist’s father, David Kenneth Totten II, played a cowboy in many of his roles.

The Dale Weaver Totten Collection is available exclusively at Jewel Spiegel Gallery in Englewood, New Jersey. You may read the artist’s biography here.

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