|Joe Duncan Gleason |
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"Santa Barbara Pastoral"
Oil on canvas on board
16 x 12 inches
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A marine painter, illustrator, and muralist, Joe Duncan Gleason was born in Watsonville, California on August 3, 1881. Raised in Los Angeles, Gleason began drawing at an early age and by 14 was employed by the Union Engraving Company. His first art training began at the College of Fine Arts at University of Southern California under William Lees Judson. In 1899 he moved to San Francisco where he continued his studies at the Mark Hopkins Institute while working as a commercial artist for the Sunset Engraving Company. He had further study at the San Carlos Academy in Mexico City, at the Art Institute of Chicago under Vanderpoel, and Art Students League of New York under DuMond.
After remaining in New York for about ten years, he returned to Los Angeles in 1910 and began concentrating on fine art. Although he painted portraits and landscapes, he is best known for the marine and harbor scenes which were done around San Pedro harbor. He was author-illustrator of "Windjammers", "Islands of California" and "Islands and Ports of California". In his later years he worked in the departments of MGM and Warner Brothers studios. He died in Glendale on March 9, 1959.
Member: Santa Monica Art Association; Painter and Sculptors of Los Angeles (Pres. 1930-32); Academy of Western Painters, Los Angeles; California Art Club; Long Beach Art Association; Artists of the Southwest.
Exhibited: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1924 (solo); Golden Gate International Expo, 1939; California Palace Legion of Honor, 1945.
Awards: Gold Medals, California-Panama Expo, San Diego, 1915; First and second portrait prizes, California State Fair, 1931.
Murals: Hotel Clark, Los Angeles; Gardena High School.
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.