The View from Above: A Collection of Works by William H. Dalziel


October 9th - November 1st, 2019

Born in 1925, William Dalziel was raised in the northern Chicago industrial city of Waukegan, IL. During WWII in June of 1943, William Dalziel, then 18, attempted to enlist in the U.S. Army. At a height of only 4 feet 10 1/2 inches and weighing 105 pounds, Dalziel was rejected due to his small stature. Five months later, still eager to serve and having grown an inch in height, Dalziel returned to his draftboard in October of 1943 and was commissioned into the U.S. Army Air Corps. His tenacity to serve the nation and his particular size caught the attention of the national press and a newspaper article was published across the country showing young Dalziel photographed hanging from a bar to stretch himself before the officers of his draft board. To the Army Air Corps, his determination and size was an ideal fit to serve as a ball turret gunner in a Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortress”. Dalziel served his country with distinction, and became an ace gunner in 308th Army Air Bombardment Division.

Daziel's war-time experiences as a B-17 ball turret gunner greatly impacted his life and artwork. His position was one of the most dangerous assignments of WWII; the life expectancy of a ball turret gunner was typically only 15
missions. Dalziel survived over 25 missions, and became a member of the renowned “Lucky Bastard Club”, an unofficial but highly esteemed award conveyed by fellow airmen to those who survived and excelled in their tours of duty.

After World War II, William Dalziel returned to Chicago to become an artist. He began his studies in 1948 at the University of Illinois, Chicago and received both his undergraduate degree and, in 1963, his Masters Degree of Fine Art (MFA) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), winning honors. In June 1963, the Art Institute of Chicago selected one of Dalziel's paintings for exhibition at the Sixty-sixth Annual Exhibition of Artists of Chicago and Vicinity.

Dalziel died in Chicago in 2017 at the age of 92.

  • Dalziel 14801

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled, ca. 1969
    Oil on canvas
    55 x 46 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14801
  • Dalziel 14796

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled, ca. 1969
    Oil on canvas
    46 x 44 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14796
  • Dalziel 14799

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled, ca. 1969
    Oil on canvas
    54 1/2 x 46 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14799
  • Dalziel 14802

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled, ca. 1969
    Oil on canvas
    54 1/2 x 46 1/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14802
  • Dalziel 14791

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled, ca. 1969
    Oil and charcoal on canvas
    33 x 35 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14792
    SOLD
  • Dalziel 14790

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled, ca. 1969
    Oil and charcoal on canvas
    32 x 30 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14790
  • Dalziel 14795

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled, ca. 1969
    Oil and charcoal on canvas
    33 x 42 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14795
  • Dalziel 14794

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled, ca. 1969
    Oil on canvas
    24 x 40 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14794
  • Dalziel 14786

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled, ca. 1969
    Oil and charcoal on canvas
    30 x 32 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14786
  • Dalziel 14787

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled, ca. 1969
    Oil and charcoal on canvas
    31 x 28 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14787
  • Dalziel 14815

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1969
    Oil and charcoal on canvas
    24 1/2 x 18 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14815
  • Dalziel 14820

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled (Two Figures), ca. 1969
    Oil on canvas
    16 x 20 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14820
  • Dalziel 14789

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled, ca. 1969
    Oil on canvas
    29 x 31 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14789
  • Dalziel 14816

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1969
    Oil and charcoal on canvas
    22 x 23 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14816
  • Dalziel 14788

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled, ca. 1969
    Oil on canvas
    29 x 31 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14788
  • Dalziel 14805

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    No. 12, 1975
    Oil and charcoal on canvas
    28 x 22 inches

    Titled, dated and estate stamped on reverse.

    #14805
  • Dalziel 14817

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1969
    Oil and charcoal on canvas
    24 x 20 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14817
  • Dalziel 14822

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1969
    Oil and charcoal on canvas mounted on board
    24 x 20 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14822
  • Dalziel 14825

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1969
    Oil and charcoal on canvas board
    24 x 20 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14825
  • Dalziel 14804

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled, ca. 1969
    Oil on canvas board
    24 x 20 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14804
  • Dalziel 14818

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1969
    Oil and charcoal on canvas
    21 x 25 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14818
  • Dalziel 14823

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1969
    Oil and charcoal on Masonite
    20 x 16 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14823
  • Dalziel 14827 ur

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1969
    Oil and charcoal on canvas board
    18 x 14 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14827
  • Dalziel 14821

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled, ca. 1969
    Oil and charcoal on canvas
    18 x 16 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14821
    SOLD
  • Dalziel 15270

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1969
    Oil on canvas
    15 1/2 x 13 1/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #15270
  • Dalziel 14810

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1963
    Oil on board
    20 x 16 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14810
  • Dalziel 14833

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1969
    Oil on board
    16 1/2 x 12 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14833
  • Dalziel 15264

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1975
    Oil and charcoal on canvas
    16 x 10 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #15264
  • Dalziel 15265

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1975
    Oil and charcoal on canvas
    12 x 8 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #15265
  • Dalziel 15278

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1963
    Oil, pastel and graphite on paper
    12 x 13 1/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #15278
  • Dalziel 14829

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1963
    Oil on board
    5 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14829
  • Dalziel 14830

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1963
    Oil on board
    6 x 9 1/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14830
  • Dalziel 15362

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled, ca. 1969
    Oil on canvas
    6 1/2 x 5 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #15362
  • Dalziel 14831

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1963
    Oil on board
    7 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14831
    SOLD
  • Dalziel 14834

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1969
    Oil and charcoal on board
    9 x 10 1/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14834
    SOLD
  • Dalziel 14812

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1963
    Oil on paper
    12 x 16 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14812
  • Dalziel 15251.jpg..

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled, ca. 1965
    Collage and graphite on paper
    6 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #15251
  • Dalziel 15361

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled, ca. 1963
    Oil on paper
    4 x 10 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #15361
  • Dalziel 15314

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled, 1947
    Watercolor and graphite on paper
    14 x 10 3/4 inches

    Signed Dalziel and stamped with date, lower right.

    #15314
  • Dalziel 15433

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Machine da Guerra (Leonardo da Vinci), ca. 1963
    Ink on paper
    14 x 10 3/4 inches

    Signed Dalziel, upper right; titled lower center.

    #15433
  • Dalziel 15436

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Machine da Guerra (Leonardo da Vinci), ca. 1963
    Ink on paper
    14 x 10 3/4 inches

    Signed Dalziel, upper right; titled lower center.

    #15436
  • Dalziel 15389

    William H. Dalziel
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled (Bird), ca. 1980
    Graphite on paper
    10 3/4 x 14 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #15389

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