Burt Procter (American/California, 1901-1980), "Seated Lady", oil on masonite, signed lower center, "Vanier & Roberts, Ltd., Scottsdale, AZ" gallery label en verso, 26 1/4 in. x 16 in., framed. Note: Burt Proctor was born in Massachusetts, but he was always fascinated with the American West. Educated at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Otis Art Center in Los Angeles, Proctor nonetheless chose to work as an engineer until the 1930’s, when he dedicated himself to art. Living in virtual seclusion in his studio for five years, Proctor searched for “a sense of design, simplicity and proportion.” These admirable qualities are exhibited in the painting offered here, as well as the artist’s love of Impressionism. The resulting style is described by gallery owner Robert Nelson as “…the strokes are bold and modern while the subject matter is squarely traditional…he was a cowboy at heart.” Proctor was little known during his lifetime, but he has since become recognized as one of the most important painters of the American West.
Ref.: Japenga, Ann. “Burt Proctor: A Cowboy on Miracle Hill.” California Dessert Art. www.californiadessertart.com. Accessed Feb. 17, 2018.