|Rexford Brandt |
Landscape painter and muralist, Rexford Brandt was born in San Diego, California on September 12, 1914. Brandt graduated from Riverside Jr. College, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Berkeley in 1936, and further studied at Chouinard Art School, Stanford and Redlands Universities. At Berkeley he was a pupil of Ray Boynton, Eugen Neuhaus, Perham Nahl. He taught at Riverside College Art Center (1938-43), University of Vermont (1940), University of Southern California (1941-43), Scripps College in Claremont (1941), Brandt Dike Summer school of Painting (1947-54), Chouinard Art School (1947-56), Brandt Painting Workshop from 1955-1985. In the 1930s, he produced transparent watercolors of Regionalist scenes of Southern California, which became progressively more abstract. From 1946 on, he and his wife, artist Joan Irving, were residents of Corona Del Mar, California until Brandt's death in March 21, 2000.
Member: California Art Club; Desert Art league; Westwood Art Association; Laguna Beach Art Association; National Academy of Art (1974); National Watercolor Society; California Watercolor Society (Pres. 1948-9).
Exhibited: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1939, 1941 (solos); San Francisco Museum of Art Inaugural, 1935; Laguna Beach Art Association, 1936-52; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939; Crocker Museum, 1940, 1960; nationally.
Awards: dozen from the mid-1930s until the present at National Academy of Design; American Watercolor Society, California Watercolor Society, California State Fairs, and others.
Works held: Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Polytechnic High School, Riverside, California; Union High School, Newport, California; San Francisco Museum of Art; San Diego Museum; Reading Museum, Pennsylvania; National Academy of Design; U.S. Treasury Department; Crocker Museum, Sacramento; Scripps College, Claremont, California.
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.