Dudley Huppler began making art in his mid-twenties and didn't stop until he died. Although he received no formal training, Dudley passionately pursued visual art for most of his life. He was positioned for fame in the 1950's, but for some reason that promise was never achieved. Despite the notoriety he gained, over time Dudley appears to have gradually fallen through the cracks of an art world he seemed to have filled.
These publications are during the time when Dudley received the most notice. During a time when he was doing exhibitions, decorating department store windows in New York City, and selling postcards at Serendipity 2.
VOGUE, May 1950
The laughing poodle, known as “Lois Byrn’s Geoffrey,” and these finely defined strawberries are the work of Dudley Huppler, an artist almost completely unknown to the public. His drawings of birds, fruits, flowers have their own wit, are usually drawn with a fountain pen and black ink in a series of dots, using no lines. To Marianne Moore, the distinguished poet, Huppler is “truly a creator in being able to depict detail yet keep it alive—to differentiate between eyes that see and eyes that doze, planted feet and feet tensed for effort, the density of lilac-bloom and the slot-in-a-sleighbell of the bud.” He is thirty-two years old, was born in Wisconsin and taught at the University of Wisconsin while working for his degree of Doctor of Philosophy in English there. Five years ago he began drawing. His first one-man show was in 1948 at the Art Institute of Chicago and now his second one-man show is at the Edwin Hewitt Gallery in New York. For the San Francisco Ballet company he is designing a ballet based on his own book, Hearts, Meadows and Flags. (It took six weeks to complete the poodle’s portrait, a period of some strain for both artist and model.)
ART DIGEST, May 1950