California Artists: 19th-21st Century




This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "California Artists: 19th-21st Century." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the Resource Library publication date.

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Also see from TFAO: California Art History and California Regionalism and California School of Painters


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Art & Heritage, Three San Diego Jewish Artists: Baranceanu, Braun & Sternberg is a 2017 exhibit at the San Diego Historical Society Museum which says: "Art & Heritage, Three San Diego Jewish Artists: Baranceanu, Braun & Sternberg explores the artwork, lives, and Jewish heritage of three historically-important San Diego artists: Belle Baranceanu, Maurice Braun, and Harry Sternberg."  Accessed 8/18

Bruce Everett: A Change of Scenery  is a 2019 exhibit at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art which says: "Ever since Everett and his wife decided to move to Templeton from Southern California in 2007, he has produced both plein air studies and studio paintings of the California Central Coast landscape that are in numerous public, private, corporate and museum collections."  Also see artist's website   Accessed 5/19

David Hockney: Yosemite is a 2017 exhibit at the Butler Institute of American Art which says: "During visits to California's Yosemite Valley in 2010 and 2011, David Hockney sought to capture its resplendent landscape. Working in situ, the artist rendered the scenery using a drawing application on his iPad." Also see 5/2/16 article in The New York Times Style Magazine, 3/28/17 article from KQED Arts. Also see artist's website   Accessed 9/17

David Park: A Retrospective is a 2019 exhibit at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth which says: "David Park: A Retrospective is the first major museum exhibition in more than 30 years to present the powerfully expressive work of David Park (1911-1960), best known as the founder of Bay Area Figurative art"  Also see news release Accessed 11/19

E. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit is a 2018 exhibit at the Monterey Museum of Art which says: "Fortune had a thriving career as a painter until the age of forty-three when she began a pioneering new vocation as a liturgical artist and as the leader of the Monterey Guild. The exhibition pairs the artist's impressionist and modernist landscapes with her ecclesiastical paintings, furnishings, and other work produced for the Catholic Church."  -- To read more after exhibit closes, go to "Past Exhibitions" section of museum website. Also see the biography of E. Charlton Fortune .htm from Jennie V. Cannon: The Untold History of the Carmel and Berkeley Art Colonies, vol. one, East Bay Heritage Project, Oakland, 2012 by Robert W. Edwards from Resource Library. Accessed 6/18

Grafton Tyler Brown: Exploring California is a 2018 exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of California Art which says: "Grafton Tyler Brown (1841-1918) was a painter, graphic designer, and lithographer in the 19th cenury. A talented artist and entrepreneur, Brown was the only documented African American in his field in the western United States at the time." Accessed 7/18

James Strombotne Paints All He Can Imagine is a 2019 exhibit at the Claremont Museum of Art which says: " Strombotne's subject matter derives from observation of, and response to, the physical world -- figures, objects, landscapes that are both recognizable and abstracted in ways unique to him."  Accessed 5/20

Manuel Neri: The Human Figure in Plaster and on Paper is a 2018 exhibit at the Yale University Art Gallery which says: "A contemporary of other notable California-based artists such as Elmer Bischoff, Joan Brown, Richard Diebenkorn, David Park, and Wayne Thiebaud, Manuel Neri (b. 1930) is best known for his life-sized plaster, bronze, and marble sculptures that combine classical figuration with the dynamic mark making of Abstract Expressionism." Also see press release and image sheet  for the exhibit. Accessed 5/18

Milford Zornes is the subject of a 3-minute video by Bill Anderson of Anderson Art Gallery in which he familiarizes the viewer in this short video with the works for the 99-year-old artist, Milford Zornes. Accessed August, 2015.

Miss Hills of Laguna Beach is a 2016 exhibit at the Laguna Art Museum which says: "The landscape painter Anna Althea Hills (1882-1930) was one of the highly talented artists whose presence in the community helped put Laguna Beach on the map as a premier art colony during the first decades of the twentieth century." Accessed 8/18

Nathan Oliveira: A Figure Apart is a 2018 exhibit at the Napa Valley Museum which says: "Nathan Oliveira was an American artist and prominent member of the second generation of the Bay Area Figurative artists. Though he worked with a variety of media, subjects, and disciplines over the course of his long career, Oliveira is best remembered for the brilliantly colored figurative and landscape paintings he created while associated with the California movement." Accessed 7/18

On the Road: Paintings by Suong Yangchareon is a 2019 exhibit at the California Heritage Museum which says: "After fulfilling his dream of settling in Southern California, Suong set out on joy rides and road trips to see in person, places that reminded him of feelings he got when viewing interesting California scenes that appeared in the films of his childhood."  Also see website of artist.  Accessed 8/20

On the Shoulders of Giants: Selected Works from the NUMU Atelier Masters and Students is a 2019 exhibit at the New Museum Los Gatos which says: "The exhibition showcases all levels of mastery in the traditional style of classical drawing and painting."  Accessed 4/20

Raymond Dabb Yelland. California Landscape Painter is a 2018 exhibit at the Crocker Art Museum which says: "The 25 landscapes in this exhibition illustrate his transition from the Hudson River School style of painting, which focused on topographically recognizable scenes painted with meticulous, albeit enhanced, realism, to a more loosely painted, evocative aesthetic popularized by the French Barbizon painters."  Accessed 11/18

Robert Williams, The Father of Exponential Imagination  is a 2019 exhibit at the Bellveue Art Museum which says: "He is a painter of exquisitely detailed allegories and epic history paintings, as well as being an instigator of one of the most profane counter-culture comic books ever published. A natural iconoclast, Williams has engaged in a passionate dialogue on the meaning and utility of art-making, placing his work in opposition to what he sees as the sterile misanthropy of abstract and conceptual art." Also see the website of the artist. Accessed 7/20

Ray Strong: A Collector's Passion is a 2019 exhibit at the Wildling Museum of Art and Nature which says: "The show features 32 paintings by renowned Santa Barbara artist Ray Strong (1905-2006), loaned by David Parker of Goleta.  While several pieces have been shown at venues throughout the county, this is the first time the entire collection will be shown together." Accessed 5/19

Ray Strong: Beyond Santa Barbara is a 2015 exhibit at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art which says: "This intimate presentation of six paintings and drawings features landscapes and cityscapes produced outside of the Santa Barbara area created during a 45-year period, offering a view of Strong's travels and his lifelong interest in depicting the environment around him." Accessed 8/18

Otis College presents the series: Otis Legacy Project: Interviews of Distinguished Otis Alumni. Milford Zornes attended Otis in 1927. He became a famous California water colorist. Milford was interviewed by Otis students in November 2007. He passed away in January, 2008. [4:45] Text from Otis College. Accessed August, 2015

Thomas Hunt: California Modernist is a 2019 exhibit at the Laguna Art Museum which says: "Hunt painted snowy landscapes in Canada and Cleveland, although he is best known for the coastal and harbor scenes that he painted in Southern California and during regular visits to Gloucester, Massachusetts. A masterful, innovative colorist, he developed a distinctive style characterized by broad brushwork and bold effects of light and reflection."  Also see article from Bowers Museum blog. Accessed 6/20

Warren Chang: Voice of the Fields is a 2019 exhibit at the New Museum Los Gatos which says: "The exhibition showcases Chang's large scale luminous paintings of the community who labor in the farms around the Salinas Valley." Also see artist website Accessed 4/20


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