Dale Weaver Totten

Untitled (Man and Woman Cleaning a Fish)

Watercolor and ink, 1982 or 1983.
Image and paper: 11 3/4 x 13 1/2 in.
Excellent condition.

Inventory number: DWT134
Signed and dated “82” (or “83”?) by the artist in black ink.
Man and woman in a workshop cleaning a fish.

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.

Many of Totten’s artworks elevate mundane or laborious activities and suggest there is something noble to be found in work. This watercolor painting of a man and woman cleaning a fish, completed in 1983, revels in the slow, methodical act of preparing a large catch for a meal or for sale at a market. The bright white face of the man’s watch accentuates to the measured nature of this process, and also draws attention to the man’s bare hands working through the insides of the fish.

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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