Alfred Heber Hutty images and biography
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(1878-1958)

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"In 1919 Alfred Hutty came to Charleston to teach classes in art for the Carolina Art Association. He was forty years old and his move was destined to begin a love affair with the city as well as a new chapter in his life and art.

"Hutty was born in Grand Haven, Michigan, in 1878. He showed an early aptitude for art and won a scholarship to art school at age fifteen. For a time, he was a designer of stained glass windows in Kansas City, St. Louis, and later at the Tiffany Glass Studios at New York.

"In 1907 he began a serious study of painting with Birge Harrison at the Art Students League in Woodstock, New York, which evolved into a long association with that area. With George Bellows and others, he helped form the summer art colony at Woodstock which was popular for many years. He continued to have a summer home there for the rest of his life.

"Hutty served as a Marine camofleur during World War I and in 1919 went to Charleston. He conducted art classes at the Gibbes Gallery for five years and continued to spend winters in Charleston until three years before his death in 1958.

"Although Hutty was trained primarily as a painter and designer, his move to Charleston in mid-life was to mark the beginning of perhaps the most productive and significant period of his career. It was then and there that he learned etching. He established a print studio, participated with eight other artists in the formation of the historic Charleston Etchers Club, and began the production of many drawings and paintings.

"Hutty adapted readily to his new mode of expression and spoke eloquently in the monochromatic linearity of the language of etching. The rapid certainty of his bitten lines and the rich bloom and shimmer of his drypoints authoritatively declare his mastery of the medium.

"He and his wife were among the first to try and preserve historic Charleston. They purchased and restored a house at 46 Tradd Street as a home and studio. He was also actively involved in the Footlight Players. He helped restore their building on Queen Street and worked on a mural in the lobby. He also painted murals for several other public buildings in Charleston including the Fort Sumter Hotel and City Hall.

"Although he was an active member of his community and an artist of wide capabilities, his etchings won him the most recognition and financial success. They brought him the honor of being the first American to be elected to the British Society of the Graphic Arts..."

- By Boyd Saunders, University of South Carolina, from "Art and Artists of the South: The Robert P. Coggins Collection"

Alfred Heber Hutty works at Castile Galerie

Flower Vendors at Charleston Market
Drypoint etching

Bedon's Alley
Etching
signed
9" x 5-7/8" image size
framed

Old St. Michael's, Charleston
ca. 1928
Etching
edition size 75

Corner of the Huguenot Church, Charleston
ca. 1924
Etching

Day's End, Carolina
Etching
11-1/2" x 13"
signed

Hill Country
Etching
ca. 1926
edition size 75
plate 34

Annisquam, Cape Ann, Massachusetts
ca. 1924
Etching
5" x 5"

Charleston Spires/St. Philips Church
Etching
signed and inscribed #57

Sword Gate
Etching
6-3/4" x 8-1/8" image size
signed, framed

Figure in front of Charleston Gate
Etching
ed. 75
on cream wove paper

Pines (For the Printmakers Society od California)
ca. 1924
Etching

Loblolly Pines
1939
Etching
6-5/8" x 8-3/8" approx. image size

Cypress Gardens
Etching
13-5/8" x 9-1/2" approximate image size
 




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