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"Houses in San Fernando Valley"
12 x 15 1/2 inches
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Joseph Weisman was a painter and muralist born in Schenectady, New York on February 17, 1907. Weisman settled in Los Angeles in the 1920s. He studied there at Chouinard Art School, Art Center School, and with Murphy, Hinkle, Barse Miller, Sheets, and others. While working in commercial art he continued to produce fine art. During World War II he was a technical illustrator for Douglas Aircraft Corporation; from 1946-49 he was a matte shot artist at MGM, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Brothers Studios. He was an instructor at Hollywood Art Center School in the early 1950s and retired from teaching in the Los Angeles public school system in the late 1960s. Weisman continued to be active as an artist until his death in Los Angeles on September 19, 1994. His early works are depictions of broken-down buildings and back alley scenes of Los Angeles; he later painted southwestern landscapes, figurative subjects, and portraits.
Exhibited: California Watercolor Society, 1930-33; Painters and Sculptors of Los Angeles, 1930-38; San Diego Fine Art Society, 1931-40; Oakland Art Gallery, 1933-38; Santa Cruz Art League, 1933-38; California State Fair, 1936 (2nd prize), 1939 (3rd prize), 1940 (1st prize); Laguna Beach Art Association, 1938; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1930, 1933, 1937; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939; Pasadena Art Institute, 1943; Santa Barbara Museum, 1987; Downey Museum, 1988, 1989.
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print