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Charles Pears

(1873-1958) Born in Yorkshire, England and active throughout his career as an illustrator, Pears is best known as a marine painter. Relocating to London, his works were exhibited from 1904 to 1939. He worked also worked as an official War Artist during both the First and Second World Wars and often signed his work as Chas […]

Wharton Esherick

(1887-1970) Philadelphia-born Wharton Esherick is best known for his sculpture and furniture. Recognized as the “dean of American craftsmen,” Esherick is best known for his sculptural furniture and furnishings. He studied painting at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Arts and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and became acquainted with wood when he began carving […]

Frederick Henry Brigden

(1871–1956) Born in England, landscape painter Frederick Henry Brigden emigrated to Canada with his family at a young age.  Brigden studied painting at the Toronto Students League under G.A. Reid. The son of a printer, Brigden helped found the Toronto Engraving Company and subsequently the Saturday Club, a group for artists and engravers working at his […]

Karl Benjamin

(1925-2012) Karl Benjamin is known for his paintings of vibrant geometric abstractions. Born in Chicago, Benjamin relocated to the Los Angeles area. Benjamin had no formal education when he began painting and only became interested when exploring the relationships of colors when developing art lessons for his elementary school students. He later took classes and […]

Rowena Elkin

(1917-1996) Rowena Caldwell Elkin was a Dallas sculptor known for her large creations made of wood, bronze, copper, heavy rope, and paint.  Elkin received a B.S. degree in visual arts from Texas State College for Women in 1938 before going on to design stage sets for in Houston.  She lived in New York, New Mexico, and Midland before moving […]

Beverly Hopkins

Beverly Hopkins

(1926-2007) This Oregon-born artist is known as a regional painter in the Springfield, Missouri area. Beverly Hopkins graduated from Mills College in Oakland, California and worked as a docent in Pennsylvania before heading to Europe. returning ti the U.S., she became a librarian at the Springfield Art Museum and later taught art at Drury College. […]

Charles Melville Dewey

Charles Melville Dewey

(1849-1937) American Tonalist painter Charles Melville Dewey studied at the National Academy of Design and in Paris under Carolus-Duran. A life-long friend of Albert Pinkham Ryder who, along with Ralph Albert Blakelock, were likely an influence. Four of his landscapes were displayed in the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. His paintings are in the collections of […]

Image: Frederick Ferdinand Schafer, Cypress Point, Monterey [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Frederick Ferdinand Schafer

(1839-1927) Born in Germany, Frederick Ferdinand Schafer was born in Braunschweig Frederick Ferdinand Schafer is known for his paintings of California and the Pacific Northwest. With a studio in San Francisco and homes in Alameda and Oakland Schafer spent summers sketching in the Northwest U.S., British Columbia, and Alaska.  A member of the San Francisco Art Association, Schafer’s work is held […]

Emile Albert Gruppé

(1896-1978) Born in Rochester, New York, Emile Albert Gruppé lived his early years in the Netherlands where his father Charles Paul Gruppe painted with the Hague school and worked as a dealer.  He studied in the U.S. at the National Academy and in Paris at the the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. In the U.S. he worked primarily from his studio in Gloucester, […]

El Drama, 1939 Carlos Orozco Romero at the Dallas Museum of Art

Carlos Orozco Romero

(1898-1984) Carlos Orozco Romero was a Mexican painter taught by Luis de la Torre and José Sabogal.  Born in Guadalajara but attracted by the muralism movement in Mexico City, Romero relocated, traveled to Madrid on a scholarship and later returned to Guadalajara. He was commissioned to paint several murals, but only one survives. Also known for his work as a […]