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 Val J. Costello  (1875 - 1937)

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Lived/Active: California/Kansas      Known for: modernist imagery

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Born in Marion, Kansas on Feb. 14, 1875, Costello returned to Los Angeles in 1912 after a short time in New York.  He remained a self-taught painter except for a brief period at the Art Students League of Los Angeles where he later was director from 1912-23.

During the 1920s he was a successful businessman and painted in his leisure. During the 1930s he worked on the Federal Art Project as assistant to James Redmond on the Compton Post Office mural.  Costello died in Los Angeles on May 8, 1937.  An advocate of modernism, his canvases were considered avant garde during his lifetime.

LA Painters Club, 1909; Chautaugua Ass’n (Long Beach), 1910; SFAA, 1911-13; Calif. Art Club, 1910-29; LACMA, 1921 (with Nick Brigante); Calif. WC Society, 1922-23; Pacific SW Expo (Long Beach), 1928 (bronze medal); Zeitlin Book Shop (LA), 1930.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
American Art Annual 1917-33; Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); California Arts and Architecture list, 1932.
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

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Born Marion, 1875; died Los Angeles, CA, May 8, 1937. Artist.
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Dawdy 2: Dawdy, Doris Ostrander. Artists of the American West: A Biographical Dictionary. Volume 2. Chicago: Swallow Press, 1981.; AskArt,, accessed Sept. 2, 2005.
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

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