Dale Weaver Totten

Untitled (Surveyors Looking Through Telescopes)

Watercolor and ink, 1989.
Image and paper: 14 x 16 5/8 in.
Excellent condition.

Inventory number: DWT13
Signed and dated “89” by the artist in black ink.
Two figures dressed in tan clothing and hats peer through telescopes, performing a survey of the scene before them.

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.

This particular painting completed in 1989 depicts two people looking through telescopes as they survey the unseen land ahead of them. Totten draws us into the scene by layering muted watercolor pigments and implying the intense focus of the figure in the foreground, who is at work peering through the telescope and holding an instrument in his or her left hand, possibly a directional or mathematical bow compass. The artist’s loose handling of the lines of the figures gives the impression of activity and movement.

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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