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Exhibit: The Chief: Yosemite Winter Mural


The Chief: Yosemite Winter Mural

The Chief by William Poulson

Spring 2016 - present

KL380, North 

William Poulson's stained glass murals of Yosemite are the culmination of many years of drawing, design and fine craftsmanship. Poulson, inspired by the extraordinary beauty of the Yosemite Valley, the words of John Muir, and the paintings of artist Albert Bierstadt, spent three months in 1986 camping in the Yosemite Valley and sketching from different viewpoints. The Chief, completed in 2008, is done in the traditional method of leaded glass and copper foil, reinforced with steel, incorporating over 2200 glass pieces. The Chief depicts a winter scene with a full moon over the Cathedral Spires, and on the other side of the snow covered valley, El Capitan.

William Poulson was born in Oakland, CA and grew up in Castro Valley. He left college in 1962 to become a journeyman carpenter and worked in the building trade for over 20 years. In 1987, Poulson established his studio and gallery in Arnold, CA. His unique glass creations are on display in homes, churches and hotels throughout the world. Poulson's desire to capture the beauty of the Yosemite Valley inspired him to conceive the Four Seasons of Yosemite Mural Project. He is presently working on the spring mural.

To contact William Poulson, please call Poulson Studio, 209-795-5365.