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 Edith Anne Hamlin  (1902 - 1992)

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Lived/Active: California/Arizona      Known for: desert landscape and portrait painting, murals

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Oakland, California, Edith Hamlin grew up there and in Santa Cruz, and became a painter of Western landscape, murals, and occasionally portraits.

As a child, she accompanied her father, Charles Hamlin, on sketching trips in the Santa Cruz region.  She later attended the California School of Fine Arts from 1922 to 1924 on a scholarship.  She established a career in San Francisco, but that was interrupted by illness and living in San Diego until 1928.  From 1929 to 1932, she attended Columbia University Teacher's College in New York City and did free lance decorating and taught art classes.

On a return visit to California in 1930 she stopped in Taos, New Mexico, which give her new perspectives into western landscape and had much influence on her subsequent work.

In San Francisco, she established a studio, married artist Albert Barrows, and became one of twenty-six artists selected by the Public Works Art Project to decorate Coit Tower and also did murals for Mission High School.  She divorced Barrows in 1936 and in 1937, married Maynard Dixon, who had given her much valuable advice on mural painting when she served as his assistant.

In 1939, they moved to Tucson, Arizona where, until his death in 1946, they painted western scenes from locations in Arizona and Utah, where they maintained a summer home at Mt. Carmel.  She did murals of the Grand Canyon and Taos Pueblo for the Santa Fe Railroad.  After her husband's death, she continued to live in both Arizona and Utah, but returned to San Francisco in 1953, having married Frank Dale in 1951.  However, he died shortly after the marriage. In California as a widow, she worked from a hilltop home studio and completed numerous murals and landscapes and restored murals by Maynard Dixon.  She died on February 18, 1992.

Her subject matter of her easel and mural paintings was wide ranging, reflecting her many travels in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, California and Mexico. 

American Artists Congress; San Francisco Women Artists; San Francisco Art Association; California Society of Mural Artists.

San Francisco Art Association, 1924-37; San Diego Fine Art Gallery, 1926-32; Dallas Museum, 1934 (solo); San Francisco Museum of Art, 1935; Biltmore Gallery (LA), 1940-46; Gump's (SF), 1945; De Young Museum, 1950; Stendahl Gallery (LA), 1950; Desert Gallery (Tucson), 1950-52.

San Francisco Museum of Art; Mission High School in San Francisco; Standard Oil Building, San Francisco; Chicago Amtrak Main Office; San Diego Museum; San Francisco International Airport (mural); Tracy (CA) Post Office; Arizona Biltmore Hotel (Phoenix); Plains Hotel (Cheyenne, WY); St Ambrose Church (Tucson); Old Pueblo Club (Tucson); Santa Fe RR ticket office, LA (with M. Dixon); Martinez (CA) Post Office (mural); Dept. of Interior (mural).

Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki Kovinick, An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West
Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940

Written by Lonnie Pierson Dunbier

Biography from Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery:
Edith Hamlin was born in Oakland, California where her first exposure to art was accompanying her father, Charles Hamlin, on sketching trips. She later studied art at the California School of Fine Arts, and then studied at the Teachers College at Columbia University in New York.

During the late 1920s, she kept a studio in San Diego. While returning to California from New York in 1932, she visited Taos, New Mexico, an experience which gave her a new perspective on western landscape, and would greatly influence her later work. Soon after, she established a studio in San Francisco and was one of 26 artists selected to decorate Coit Tower, and also did murals for Mission High School.

In 1937, Hamlin married Maynard Dixon, the most prominent painter of western themes of the time, and they moved to Tucson, Arizona together in 1939. Together, Dixon and Hamlin painted western scenes in Arizona and Utah until Dixon's death in 1946. After his death, Edith Hamlin returned to San Francisco, where she continued to paint landscapes and murals for the remainder of her life.

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