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 Howard Elmer House  (1877 - 1969)

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Lived/Active: Oregon/California/Kansas      Known for: landscape, seascape and portrait painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A painter of landscapes and portraits, Howard Elmer House lived in Portland, Oregon. He was a pupil at the Chicago Art Institute, and The Chicago Academy of Fine Art. He arrived in Portland in the 1930's, and became a member of the Oregon Society of Artists and the American Artists Professional League.

In some of his early landscapes, he appears to have been influenced by California Plein-Air artists. His portrait paintings included prominent politicians such as President John F. Kennedy, one of which hung in the Kennedy Library, and Lyndon B Johnson. A large portrait of Benjamin Franklin was believed to be commissioned for the Portland based Benjamin Franklin Savings and Loan.

Portraits of entertainers such as Liberace were also produced, as well as privately commissioned works.

House signed His paintings H. E. House, H. Elmer House, and occasionally pieces are found that are signed simply "House."

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Family Ties Antiques & Fine Art



Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
11th Annual Kansas Artists Exhibition (Topeka: Mulvane Art Museum, 1925-1941), 1935; 12th Annual Kansas Artists Exhibition (Topeka: Mulvane Art Museum, 1925-1941), 1936.
Memberships:
Oregon Society of Artists; American Artists Professional League.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Manhattan, Kansas on Feb. 5, 1877, Howard House studied art in Chicago at the Academy of Fine Arts and Art Institute of Chicago.  He learned his trade with the Chicago Portrait Company before striking out on his own.  He worked in Brazil and was a resident of Pacific Palisades, CA prior to settling in Portland, OR in 1934.

He died there in March 1969.

Collections:
Oregon Historical Society; Kennedy Library (J.F.K.); Nat'l Guard Hall of Fame.
Source:
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Who's Who in American Art 1940; The Oregonian, 4-2-1969 (obituary).
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.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born Manhattan, Feb. 5, 1877; died Portland, OR, Mar. 1969. Painter, specialized in landscapes and portraits. Student at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Academy of Fine Art. Moved to Portland, OR in 1930s. He painted portraits of prominent politicians such as Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon born Johnson as well as entertainers such as Liberace. His works are often signed as H.E. House, H. Elmer House, or House.
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MEMBERSHIPS:
Oregon Society of Artists; American Artists Professional League.

SOURCES:
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Sain, Lydia. Kansas Artists, compiled by Lydia Sain from 1932 to 1948. Typed Manuscript, 1948.; Dawdy 2: Dawdy, Doris Ostrander. Artists of the American West: A Biographical Dictionary. Volume 2. Chicago: Swallow Press, 1981.; Topeka Cap & Topeka J (Topeka Capital, Topeka J (aka Topeka J) newspapers—usually reports of the Kansas Artists Exhibition 1st= Topeka Cap Nov. 11, 1925 9th= Topeka J Nov. 11, 1933 2nd= Topeka Cap Nov. 10, 1926 10th= Topeka J Nov. 10, 1934 3rd= Topeka J Nov. 19, 1927 11th= Topeka J Jan. 7, 1936 4th= Topeka J Nov. 3, 1928 12th= Topeka J Nov. 11 & 14, 1936 5th= Topeka J Nov. 2, 1929 14th= Topeka J Jan. 22, 1938 6th= Topeka J Oct. 18 & Nov. 1, 1930 15th= Topeka J Mar. 10, 1939 7th= Topeka J Oct. 24, 1931 16th= Topeka J Feb. 2 & 10, 1940 8th= Topeka J Oct. 22, 1932 17th= Topeka J Mar. 8 & 17, 1941) (Jan. 7, 1936); AskArt, www.askart.com, accessed Dec. 20, 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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