Wayne Thiebaud

August 24, 2012

Throughout the 1950s and 60s, Wayne Thiebaud found a voice with his paintings and etchings of common objects and food items such as pies, cakes, lipstick, bakery showcases, in addition to distorted landscapes and cityscapes. Although many of his images predate Pop Art, his bold, painterly depictions of consumer culture gained international attention amidst the explosion of the genre. Born in Mesa, Arizona and raised in Long Beach, California, Thiebaud worked a variety of creative jobs, including free-lance artist, stage technician, and even an internship as an “in-betweener” cartoonist at the Walt Disney Studios. He employed his skills as a cartoonist in the Air Force from 1942-1945, and eventually earned degrees from the California State College in Sacramento (now California State University). His life as a professional painter began with his first show at Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum in 1951, but it wasn’t until his 1962 solo exhibition at the Allan Stone Gallery in New York that Thiebaud emerged onto the scene with his singular blend of robust colors and plentiful strokes. Since then, he’s continued to paint still lifes and California landscapes from his studio in Sacramento. Thiebaud’s work can be viewed in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and the San Francisco Museum of Art.

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