Rare enamel over metal triptych wall panel created by Kay Whitcomb of San Diego, California. Panel is an episodic depiction the historic midnight ride of Paul Revere in 1775. It measures 44.5" by 13.25" by 2" and is signed lower right, Whitcomb. In very good vintage condition.
Whitcomb studied at RISD and Cambridge School of Art, apprenticed with Doris Hall in 1946, and began teaching at the Art Center in La Jolla, California in 1956. With great determination and perseverance, Whitcomb quickly became a prominent part of the vibrant artistic community in Southern California. There her enameling career as well flourished. Her work explored diverse subjects, and she started incorporating words, phrases, and proverbs into them. She became versed in numerous techniques and started exploring unconventional methods of fusing glass to metal. By the late 1960s she was experimenting enameling on steel at factories in Germany and Belgium. Among her many large-scale works produced at Crahait Emailleries in Gosselies, Belgium, was a pair of eighty-four-by-thirty-two-inch doors, which were shown at California Design 11 at the Pasadena Art Museum in 1971. Her desire to share her knowledge led her to teach enameling at the La Jolla Art Museum and the San Diego Museum of Art shortly after her move to the region. She juried and curated numerous exhibitions and went to great efforts to keep enameling on public display. Besides exhibiting in Europe, she led the effort to have several American enamelists included in the prestigious International Biennial of Enamel Art in Limoges.
Very good vintage condition.