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 Walker (Walk) Wayne Tackett  (1902 - 1963)



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Lived/Active: California/Michigan/Illinois/Hawaii      Known for: landscape, street scenes, clowns, portraits

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Walker Wayne Tackett was noted for his paintings of landscapes, street scenes, portraits, and clowns.   He was born in 1902 in Champaign, Illinois.  His unusual first name was a family surname and he was named for his paternal grandfather.  His father invested in real estate, and this income allowed Walker and his brothers to be educated in private schools.  Around 1910 the family relocated to Muskegon, Michigan where they lived for about ten years.  In 1920, Walker's father died and the family moved to Chicago, Illinois.  

In 1923, Walker Tackett married Elizabeth Howe, and they soon had two children.  They moved to France around 1926 where Tackett painted many street scenes.  During the Depression, his family's investments produced a reduced income, and the family returned to Illinois.  He began to look for a practical way to support his family. 

Tackett traveled to Hollywood, California and obtained a job at the MGM studios where he painted portraits and other paintings for the movies.  He and his wife had one more child and then divorced.   He then married Linda Harlan with whom he had one child.  Around 1960 Walker and Linda moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where Walker died in 1963.

Information submitted December 2005 with the following note from K.L. Aguilar:

"I am Walker's grandaughter and he moved to Hawaii when I was a small child.  I do not have any expertise in art; I am the family genealogist.  I simply wanted to write to correct the misinformation included on your site regarding my grandfather, especially the impression given that he was from France.  The Tackett family has actually been in the United States since the 1670's."

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Walker (Walk) Wayne Tackett was born in Champaign, IL in 1902.  Tackett was from a family that dated back to the American Revolution.  He spent his childhood in Muskegon, Michigan and was educated in private schools.  By 1920 he was living in Chicago and in 1926 he moved to France where he painted many street scenes. 

During the 1930s he settled in Los Angeles and soon was active in the local art scene while working in the art department of MGM.  After retiring to Honolulu in 1960, he died there in 1963.  A skilled colorist, his rare paintings include landscapes, clowns, and views of San Pedro Harbor. 

Exhibited:  Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles, 1936.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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There is some confusion about the correct name of this artist between the names of Walker, Walter and William Tackett. Edan Hughes in his book Artists in California, 1786-1940, lists the name as Walter, but a California collector, Gary Alexander states in a bulletin to AskART: "My wife is a relative of Walker Tackett.  It was Walker Tackett who worked as a set painter for the movie studios.  He also painted.  We have six Walker Tackett paintings including a portrait of my wife's father painted by Tackett.  Another was a wedding gift to my wife's parents.  All are signed, so I would be happy to verify anyone's signatures."

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The following, submitted August 2001, is from Vera Hinton:

I was told Mr. Tackett came to the United States from France in the 1920's or 30's (can't remember exactly), and went to work as an artist for MGM Studios.  This information was given to me by his daughter.  She lived in Peoria, Illinois between 1985 and 1990 in the Timber Ridge apartments.

I have a painting that was given to me as a Christmas present from her, which was painted by her father.  It is called The Place in St. Michel France.  The front of the painting is signed 'Tackett.'

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