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Millard Sheets
'The Islands', LACMA, Whitney Museum, Mid-century tonalist stone lithograph

1972

$1,150

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Signed lower right, 'Millard Sheets' (American, 1907-1989) and dated 1972; additionally titled lower left 'The Islands' and with number and limitation '126/200'. Blind stamp to lower left from William Kessler Company. Born in Pomona, California, Millard Sheets grew up on a ranch where he developed his abiding love of the land and of horses. Sheets attended the Los Angeles School of Art as the pupil of F.T. Chamberlain and Clarence Hinkle. After graduating in 1929, he had his first solo exhibition at Dalzell Hatfield Galleries in Los Angeles. In addition, as an architect, Sheets executed designs for many public and private buildings, illustrations for national magazines, and handled production design for Columbia Pictures. During this time, he served as director of Arts at Scripps College, in Claremont, California. After studying and painting in France, where he exhibited with success at the Paris Salons, Sheets returned to the United States to teach at Chouinard from 1929-34. During the 1920s and 1930s, he found national success with regionalist scenes similar to those of Thomas Hart Benton. An art professor and director at Scripps College from 1932-55, he subsequently spent six years as director of the Otis Art Institute. During WW2, he served as a war artist for Life magazine, covering the Burma-India front from 1943 to 1944. Upon his return to California, he executed mosaic murals throughout the 1950s and 1960s. In 1960, Sheets moved north to the Mendocino coast where he built his dream home "Barking Rocks" in Gualala. He traveled frequently and widely, throughout Europe, Central America, Mexico, the United States, the Pacific and the Orient, but continued to live and paint in Gualala until his death 1989. Millard Sheets' works are most frequently landscapes, inspired by his California home and his world travels. As an architectural designer and muralist, he produced over 100 murals and mosaics and designed numerous public buildings including the Home Savings & Loan buildings throughout California. Throughout his long career, he exhibited widely and with success including at: The Los Angeles County Fair, 1918, 1928 (1st prizes); California Watercolor Society, 1926-55; Arizona State Fair, 1928 (1st prize); Paris Salon, 1929; Hatfield Gallery (LA), 1929 (1st solo); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1930; Oakland Art Gallery, 1932; Century of Progress Exposition (Chicago), 1933; Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1937; Whitney Museum (New York City), 1939; New York World's Fair, 1939; Golden Gate International Exhibition, 1939; Pasadena Art Institute, 1950 (solo); Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1966. Sheets' work is held in the permanent collections of national museums and art institutions worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Scripps College; White House (Washington, DC); San Diego Museum; Los Angeles Public Library; Art Institute of Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Art; Brooklyn Museum; Seattle Museum; Cleveland Museum; Smithsonian Inst.; Metropolitan Museum of Art; De Young Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; National Museum of American Art; Whitney Museum; Carnegie Institute (Pittsburgh); High Museum (Atlanta); San Jose (CA) Airport (mural); Pasadena Jr. High School; Irvine (CA) Museum; Orange Co. (CA) Museum; Fort Worth (TX) Museum. Association Memberships: Laguna Beach Art Association; National Academician (1947); California Art Club; American Watercolor Society; Motion Picture Art Directors Guild; Bohemian Club, et al. Reference: Artists in California 1786-1940, Hughes, Vol. II, pg. 1012; Benezit, Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs, Vol. XII p. 740; Who Was Who in American Art, Falk, Vol. III, p. 3001; et al.

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