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George Robert Sherriff
(1860-1934)


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"Mellowing Light, Santa Paula, California"
c. 1927
Oil on canvas
30 x 40 inches


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George Robert Sherriff was born on August 30, 1860 in Jersey City Heights, New Jersey. He studied perspective, composition, anatomy, and live model painting at the National Academy of Design in New York. The artists worked extensively in black and white, but later developed an interest in oil painting. He felt this medium was best suited to represent the rich colors of the American West. Sherriff first visited California in 1904, and was enchanted by the climate and abundant natural beauty the area had to offer.

A few years after visiting California, he moved from the East and settled in Pasadena. He was a member of the Painters and Sculptors Club and exhibited extensively with California's most renowned artists at the time, including Franz Bischoff, Armin Hansen, and Joseph Kleitsch. His work was very well received and praised by local art critics and aficionados. During his 30 years in Southern California he made many desert painting excursions to Coachella Valley and Palm Springs. He sought to capture the serenity of those uninhabited areas, and the natural beauty of the land.

Sherriff passed away on October 14, 1934 in Pasadena of asphyxiation from a gas heater. He is remembered for his outstanding depictions of the California landscape that was his home and artistic inspiration.

"A Painting should convey something which leads one to seek again and again. Something which makes one see anew, or gives one a new or different thought- Something which grows on one, but does not tire. Art deals not with absolute likeness, which tends toward what is termed photographic, but with beauty of line, color, composition, atmospheric effect, quaintness, mystery, subtleness- Beauty in Art is not so much the detail as the Ensemble. As no object, nor group of objects- ever appears twice alike- the possibilities are unlimited." -quote from the artist

Member: California Art Club; Painters and Sculptors Club of Los Angeles.

Exhibited: Stendahl Galleries, (Los Angeles, CA) 1924; Carmelita Gardens, (Pasadena, CA) 1924; MacDowell Club, 1924; Golden Jubilee Exhibit, (Pasadena, CA) 1924; Los Angeles Athletic Club, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929; Kanst Art Gallery, (Hollywood, CA) 1925; Sunset Country Club, 1925; OW Howard, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928; Pasadena Art Institute, 1925, 1929; Club Casa del Mar, (Santa Monica, CA) 1926; Jepson's Inc., (Beverly Hills, CA) 1926; Los Angeles Museum, Exposition Park, 1926, 1927, 1928; Pacific Southwest Exhibition, Palace of Fine Arts, (Long Beach, CA) 1928; Owen's Frame Shop, 1928; Los Angeles County Fair, (Pomona, CA) 1925, 1928, 1929; Los Angeles Library, 1928, 1929; Jules Kieves Fine Art, (Pasadena, CA) 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1935, 1937, 1939; Ebell Club, (CA) 1930; Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, (CA) 2005; California State Fair; Garden High School Collection, (Gardena, CA).

Source:
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.
George Sherriff's record book Article in Mercury magazine, c. 1929
California Arts and Architecture list, 1932 Los Angeles Times, October 28, 1934 (obituary)