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Bill Layne (1911-2005)

Born in Berkeley, California Bill Layne received his art training at the California School of Fine Artrs in San Francisco.  His commercial art career began in a display studio in Chicago.  Three years later he came back to California and joined the background department of the Walt Disney Studio.  After several years he left the studiio to return to free-lance commercial art.  These years were spent in doing illustrations for calenders (Layne estimates he painted at least 650).   Later he returned to Disney painting backgrounds for several short subjects and all the animated features including "Sleeping Beauty" through "Robin Hood,"  after which he gave up his position as head of the background department to enter the serious pursuit of easel painting in his home in Studio City, California.  

Previously his painting exhibits were limited to closed showings at the Disney Studio and Dafca  exhibit, which were popular and successful.  His first public shows were at theDe Vaux Gallery in Carmel and the Copenhagen Callery in Solvang.  In addition to his landscapes and seascapes, Layne had already developed a distinctive way of handling his still life paintings, taking advantage of the inner light and individual qualities of the subjects and making use of unusual combinations and presentations of inanimate objects.   He also designed numerous calendars featuring elves and pin-up girls and also many puzzles.

Information provided by Marilyn Tower Oliver, Los Angeles, friend of the artist's widow.

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