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Walter Sorge 1960s Signed “Hollyhocks” Mixed Media Abstract Painting


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A watercolor, gouache, charcoal and graphite mixed media work on paper by Canadian artist Walter Sorge (1931-2021). The painting, titled Hollyhocks features abstracted flowers muted blue, green, and blush tones against a variegated gray ground. The painting is presented behind glass in a gray wooden frame. Signed to the front and titled verso.

Born in Alberta, Canada, Walter Felix Sorge attended UCLA and received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from there during the 1950s. He continued his education at Columbia University in New York where he received his Doctorate in Fine Art and Fine Art Education. Sorge also studied under Stanley William Hayter in Paris and worked at Atelier 17. He later had an extensive career as an art educator and served as head of the art department at Kentucky Southern College in Louisville, the head of the art department at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, as well as chairman of the art department at Eastern Illinois University. Sorge exhibited widely during his lifetime in the United States and abroad.



17.5” x 21.5” (frame); 13” x 16” (sight).

Condition notes:

Some intentional wrinkling to the paper. Separation at the top left corner of the frame. Chips present to the frame. Otherwise age appropriate marks, scuffs and scratches to the frame.

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