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 Samuel Hyde Harris  (1889 - 1977)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: landscape and marine painting, illustration, mural

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:

At 14 years of age Sam Hyde Harris was already a successful commercial artist.  A 1903 letter of recommendation from Andre & Sleigh, stated that, "We have the pleasure in stating that Samuel Harris (aged 14 ½ years) has given every satisfaction during the 8 or 9 months he has been engaged in our Artists Department." 

After moving to California with his family Harris got a job as painter of signs, billboards and hand-lettered show cards in 1906.  He developed a reputation for doing excellent commercial work and opened his own commercial art studio by 1914.  His commercial art business received a boost in 1920 when he was hired by the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company to work on their poster advertising.  He was later hired to do artwork Southern Pacific Railways as well.

He began studying painting with Hanson Puthuff in 1906, and continued studying throughout much of his life.  As early as 1920 he was exhibiting with the California Art Club.  He continued exhibiting his paintings for the next fifty plus years including with the Painters and Sculptors of Southern California, the Pacific Advertising Club Association (1929), the San Gabriel Artists Guild, the Laguna Beach Art Association and many other venues. 

He won countless awards in hundreds of exhibitions throughout Southern and Northern California.   Sam Hyde Harris was "Highly recognizable because of his six-foot-three stature and cigar."  He "was known for his jovial personality and his love for his adopted California and her landscape."  He preferred painting en plein air to the studio.  He loved the outdoors.  Harris’s paintings employ a progressive composition, pushing the viewers eye to an unexpected place. He taught art classes at the Chouinard School of Art (1935) and for many Clubs and Groups.

He met and married Marion Dodge in 1945.  They moved to Alhambra in 1946.  He bought Jack Wilkinson Smith’s "Artists’ Alley" studio on Champion Place in 1950.  He loved looking at the San Gabriel Mountains from his Champion Place studio.

Biography submitted by Maurine St. Gaudens, Administrator, Marion Dodge Harris Estate:

Maurine St. Gaudens, Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick, Gary Lang, Dr. Martin A. Folb, Sam Hyde Harris: 1889 - 1977 a Retrospective: A Pictorial Biography of His Life and Work

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Brentford, Middlesex, England, Samuel Hyde Harris became a California impressionist landscape painter, especially known for his views of Chavez Ravine, a canyon on the edge of Los Angeles and for desert and San Pedro harbor views. Most of his paintings were done with a palette of "subtle pale greens, lavenders, muted blues, and buffs, colors associated with the haziest of Southern California days." (Moure 164).

Harris won over 100 awards during his career, which he began as an illustrator. He came to the United States in 1904 and settled in Los Angeles where he studied at the local Art Students League and Cannon Art Schools with Hanson Puthuff, F. Tolles Chamberlin and Stanton MacDonald-Wright.

For many years he taught art privately and at the Chouinard Art School.  He worked as an illustrator including posters of the Southwest for the Santa Fe Railroad.  In the 1920s and 30s, he and Hanson Puthuff went on many painting trips into Arizona and California. In 1950 until the end of his life in 1977, he lived in Alhambra, where he had purchased Jack Wilkinson Smith's studio. He reportedly had a magnetic, colorful personality and strongly disavowed modernist in art.

Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940

Biography from William A. Karges Fine Art - Beverly Hills:
Sam Hyde Harris was born in Middlesex, England, in 1889, and immigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1904, settling in Los Angeles. He studied at the Art Student’s League, and with Hanson Puthuff at the Cannon Art School. His early works show a strong influence from Puthuff, with similarities in their fluid brushstrokes, and plein air subject matter.

Harris was a commercial artist throughout his life, as well as an art instructor at the Chouinard Art School. He died in Los Angeles in 1977, having won over 100 awards during 40 years of exhibiting in Southern California.

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