|Phil Paradise |
Phil Paradise was a painter, illustrator and sculptor born in Ontario, Oregon on August 26, 1905. Paradise moved to California with his family at an early age and spent his childhood in San Diego and Bakersfield. He studied art in Los Angeles at the Chouinard School under Chamberlin, Hinkle, Murphy, and Lebrun. He was an instructor at Chouinard from 1931-41 and an art director for Paramount Studios from 1941-48. He lectured at the University of Texas at El Paso and Scripps College, and later became director of the Cambria Summer Art School. His illustrations have appeared in such magazines as True, Fortune and Westways. His early works were regionalist in style and subject matter, whereas, during the 1940s he developed a more stylized approach with subjects drawn form his travels to Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Paradise lived in Santa Barbara, California until his death on February 7, 1997.
Member: California WC Society (Pres. 1939-40); Philadelphia WC Club; American WC Society; NA, 1953; Foundation of Western Art.
Awards: second prize, Oakland Art Gallery, 1938; first prize, LA Co. Fair Pomona, 1939, 1952; Dana Medal, PAFA, 1939; prize, GGIE, 1939; purchase prize, Philadelphia WC Club, 1941; Pepsi Cola award, 1945; Calif. State Fair, 1949.
Works held: San Diego Museum; Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia WC Club; Cornell University
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.