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Norman Stiles Chamberlain
(1887-1961)


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"Mission"
Oil on Canvas
15 x 17 inches









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Norman Stiles Chamberlain was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 7, 1887. Chamberlain began his art training in his early teens at Grand Rapids under Mathias Alten, and beginning in 1910 spent two years in the Hague observing and studying the works of the early Dutch painters. Around 1920, he moved to Los Angeles and began studying with Alson Clark and exhibiting locally. In California, success came almost immediately through the patronage of Mrs. Henry E. Huntington. After traveling in Mexico and spending one year in France, he lived briefly in Taos, New Mexico in the late 1920ís, but then returned to Southern California where he lived for his remaining years. He exhibited in Southern California until 1934 and during the remainder of the 1930ís was employed by the WPA. Under their auspices, he painted murals in Riverside High School, the First National Bank in Pasadena, and the Huntington Park Post Office. Little is known of his activities after 1940. Chamberlain died in Orange County, California on July 17, 1961.

Member: Laguna Beach Art Association; Painters and Sculptors of Los Angeles.

Awards: Huntington prize, Painters and Sculptors of Los Angeles Annual at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1923.

Works held: Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Source:
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.