Item #AT-0404

Oil Painting "Gapstow Bridge Central Park, NYC" by Philip G. Shumaker (1921-1967)


Oil Painting "Gapstow Bridge Central Park, NYC" By Philip G.Shumaker (1921-1967) Signed lower right.

Private Collection California



12"x 16"W


18.25"H x 22"W

Born in Beaver Pennsylvania in 1921, Philip Shumaker was a painter of landscape and marine scenes, and many of his works were done in Maine and along the eastern coastline. He was an admirer of Frederick Waugh and believed that the treatment of the horizon line had much to do with the mood of the painting.

Mr. Shumaker served in the Coast Guard in the Pacific area in WWII (1942) and returned to marry the former Geraldine Daly in 1945. He studied at the Grand Central School of Art and the Art Students League. Among his teachers were Frank Vincent Dumond, Edmund Graecen and Ivan Olinsky.

He was a member of Grand Central Art Galleries, New York; Doll and Richards, Boston; and IFA Art Gallery, Washington, D.C. He also belonged to many art groups: among them The Hudson Valley Art Association; The National Arts Club; Allied Artists of America; American Artists Professional League; Salmagundi Club; Copley Society; Rockport Art Association, Kennebunk Valley Art Assoc.; Guild of Boston Artists; and Dallas Artists and Craftsmen Assoc.

Mr. Shumaker's works are represented in the collections of (as they were known at the time of his death) the Kerr Shipping Co., Standard Oil, the National Shawmut Bank and the Morgan Collection. Three of his largest paintings are on display at the Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York City.

Shumaker followed his own advice and maintained studios at Monhegan Island, ME and Rockport, MA. For a number of years he owned a studio in Mamaroneck, NY where he painted and taught several classes. To his students he imparted a profound philosophy of art which is reflected in the book ''Painting the Sea'' which he wrote the year prior to his death in 1967 (now out-of-print).

* Portions excerpted from the and portions excerpted from the ''Tribute to Philip Shumaker'' by The Hudson Valley Art Association of New York.