Simpson Gallagher Gallery

William F. Reese

The Fence

The Fence
4 1/4 x 8 7/8  inches , Edition of 100
Etching

After the Hunt

After the Hunt
4 5/8 x 8 7/8  inches , Edition of 100
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The Hunt

The Hunt
4 1/4 x 5 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
Etching

Backhand

Backhand
4 1/4 x 5 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Pony Club

Pony Club
4 1/4 x 8 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Evergreen Classic

Evergreen Classic
4 1/4 x 5 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Just Behind the Ear

Just Behind the Ear
4 1/4 x 5 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Last Chukka

Last Chukka
4 1/4 x 5 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Lara

Lara
5 1/4 x 2 1/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Lara II

Lara II
6 x 4  inches , Edition of 100
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Senor Padilla

Senor Padilla
5 3/4 x 4 1/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Maria

Maria
5 3/4 x 4 1/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Binki

Binki
5 3/4 x 4 1/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Fiesta

Fiesta
5 3/4 x 4 1/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Tim Padilla

Tim Padilla
5 3/4 x 4 1/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Whitetails

Whitetails
4 1/4 x 5 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Backscratchers

Backscratchers
4 1/4 x 5 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Spring

Spring
4 1/4 x 5 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Scott's Dot

Scott's Dot
4 1/4 x 5 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
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The Classic

The Classic
4 1/4 x 5 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Hunter

Hunter
4 1/4 x 5 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Touch Up

Touch Up
4 1/4 x 5 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Winter Night

Winter Night
4 1/4 x 5 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Back to the Barn

Back to the Barn
4 1/4 x 5 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
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First Pony

First Pony
4 1/4 x 5 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Fall Morning

Fall Morning
4 1/4 x 5 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
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To the Post

To the Post
4 1/4 x 5 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Mandarins Preening

Mandarins Preening
6 x 6 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Quiet Waters

Quiet Waters
4 1/4 x 5 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Day's Work Done

Day's Work Done
4 1/4 x 5 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Through the Woods

Through the Woods
4 1/4 x 5 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Two Hounds

Two Hounds
4 1/4 x 5 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
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From the North

From the North
4 1/4 x 5 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Bandit

Bandit
4 1/4 x 5 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Quiet Quiet

Quiet Quiet
4 1/4 x 5 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Lily

Lily
4 1/4 x 5 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
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A Poet's Grace

A Poet's Grace
4 1/4 x 5 7/8  inches , Edition of 100
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The Oregonian

The Oregonian
4 1/2 x 5 7/8  inches , Edition of 100
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A Plain People

A Plain People
4 1/4 x 5 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Warm Up

Warm Up
4 1/4 x 5 3/4  inches , Edition of 100
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Home Stretch

Home Stretch
4 3/8 x 5 7/8  inches , Edition of 100
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Alma

Alma
6 x 4 1/2  inches , Edition of 100
Etching

Wood Ducks

Wood Ducks
4 1/4 x 6  inches , Edition of 100
Etching

William F. Reese

William F. Reese

 

William F. Reese, internationally renowned artist died in June, 2010. He leaves behind an astonishing body of work that includes oils, pastels, watercolors, sculptures, etchings and instructional books.Reese celebrated the Northwest with majestic landscapes, delicate still lifes, and chronicles of the lives of the men, women and creatures that inhabited the area.

Born in South Dakota and raised in Central Washington, William F. Reese painted for over 50 years. Like most everyone he started drawing at age 3 or 4 but went on to begin painting in oil at 12. After high school Reese went to study fine art at Washington State College and then on to Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles. He worked as a sign painter and a sign pictorial artist for thirteen years, in Washington, Oregon, and California while he was building a following

for his easel paintings. In 1971 he left the sign business to work full time in his studio in Bellevue, Washington, where he also taught privately the art of drawing and painting. Currently his studio is in Wenatchee, Washington where he is survived by his wife Frances.

 

Though prolific and proficient in several media, Reese was likely best known as one of America's premier plein air artists, reveling in the majesty of the Northwest and setting up his easel outdoors in all kinds of weather and in every kind of location. His work is basically the diary of his life. Working mostly in oil, he also produced a large body of works in other media, such as watercolor, pastel, and sculpture as well as drawing, lithographs, and etchings. He works entirely from his life's interest and experiences. Working from live models and in the field Reese relies heavily on personal observation, each piece a personal statement from and about his life. Reese's work has been shown throughout the United States and in many exhibitions abroad. His work was included in the first exhibition of contemporary art from the western world in mainland China since China's reopening.

 

Many art magazines in the last 35 years have published articles on Reese's work. He was the subject of an award winning book by Mary N. Balcomb entitled "Wm. F. Reese", American Artist published in 1984, as well as one written by Arlene Kirkpatrick entitled "Masterworks of American Art" Published in 1985.

He has received many national and regional awards including the Robert Lougheed Gold Medal from the National Western Heritage Museum, two silver medals from the National Parks Academy for the Arts, and the Best of Show Colonel Smith Award from the National Wildlife Art Museum.

Because of his broad interests, great range of subject matter, and diversified media Reese is a very a difficult artist to categorize and label as to style and school, most will probably label him as a post impressionist with a touch of expressionism.

 

 



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