Arts & Crafts Screen

This Thee Panel Screen is painted by one of the finest plein air painters of the 20th century - William Dorsey. Each of the three panels is hinged independently to position the Screen in your home as needed. The size of the screen is 68 inches by 68 inches and made of northern white quartersawn oak. An original work of this size by William Dorsey is very hard to come by, only 4 screens have been made. William Dorsey is a nationally recognized California Plein air artist; Dorsey is listed in Davenport's Art Reference and holds extensive auction records. In the last 20 years Dorsey's painting have steadily increased in value as collectors and art experts nation wide value his masterpieces.

Arts & Crafts Screen Specifications

  • Screen Height: 68 inch
  • Screen Width: 68 inches
  • Custom sizes are available

William Dorsey Biography:

From Focus on the Masters, Sponsored by Hal Berger. A first meeting with Bill Dorsey - as he shares his background and talents with you - is an encounter with the quintessential artist, and one with true depth of genius, some of which he may have inherited from an impressive lineage of inventors and pioneers. Bill's father, Herbert Dorsey, Jr., was a Harvard-educated meteorologist who participated in the Byrd expedition to the Antarctic in the late 1930s, being among the first exploration party to winter at the North Pole. In addition, his father became the first American to drive a dog sled team over the Greenland ice cap in the 1940s. His grandfather on his mother's side, diplomat Joseph Ballantine, was an associate of Cordell Hull, the Secretary of State in the Roosevelt Administration. His grandfather on his father's side, physicist and inventor Herbert Dorsey, created the fathometer, an instrument for measuring ocean depths, and helped to develop long distance telephone service. His great-uncle George Dorsey was a world-renowned anthropologist. Bill is very proud of his family history and keeps extensive archives, including some of the equipment his father used half a century ago during an historic North Pole expedition. Dorsey developed a love for Alaska where his father was stationed with the Air Force from 1949 to 1951. Following his graduation from high school, he returned to this land of adventure, piloting a Piper Cub from California to Alaska in 1961 in the then-rapid time of five days. Considering he only had 50 hours of flight experience, it was considered an astonishing feat at the time. Snow capped Alaskan mountains are reoccurring themes in the artist work. Dorsey prefers to work under natural light and has constructed elaborate skylights to provide the optimum daylight painting conditions within his studio. Nature serves as a constant inspiration to the painter. Often referred to as a California Impressionist, Dorsey's paintings are reminiscent of late 19th century. His use of short brush strokes, dabs of paint, atmospheric perspective and color theory combine to make a peaceful and inviting environment.

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