Waldo P. Midgley
Waldo Park Midgley was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in the year 1888. Midgley was an accomplished painter that focused on oils and watercolors. He died in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1986.
Midgley spent much of his life as an artist living in New York City. While in New York Midgley joined the Ashcan artist group. His paintings were heavily influenced by his mentor Robert Henri.
He painted the newly completed Empire State Building before its communication tower was erected and tenants began to occupy its offices. The painting was shipped to Salt Lake City to Midgley's friend, Taylor Woolley, whose studio in the McIntire Building was used to prepare Midgley's exhibition at the Art Barn on Finch Lane.
Biography adapted from Artists of Utah.
Midgley painted the newly completed Empire State Building before its communication tower was erected and tenants began to occupy its offices. The painting was shipped to Salt Lake City to Midgley's friend, Taylor Woolley, whose studio in the McIntire Building was used to prepare Midgley's exhibition at the Art Barn on Finch Lane. The Deseret News, Saturday the 19th of December 1936 reviews the exhibition:
By all means visit the Art Barn galleries this week. The strength, buoyancy and craftsmanship.. make the trip well worthwhile... As one steps into the gallery, Mr. Midgley's painting Empire State Building smites one right between the eyes... Mr. Midgley cannot only paint dramatically... [but] his art can interpret the prosaic, the lyric, the poetic sides of life just as well.
Biography courtesy Artists of Utah.
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