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 Thomas Arnold, Sr. McGlynn  (1878 - 1966)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: landscape and coastal view painting

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Thomas Arnold McGlynn
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Along the Coast
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Thomas Arnold McGlynn was born in San Francisco, CA on March 29, 1878. As a youth McGlynn was active with the Columbia Park Boys Club (a precursor of Boy Scouts) for which he contributed artwork and served as editor for their first magazine.

At about 13 an accident crushed his back making him dependent on crutches and canes for the rest of his life; however, he never allowed them to interfere with his art career. In 1899 he entered the local School of Design and studied there for many years on scholarships. At that school Arthur Mathews became his mentor and later appointed him chief designer for Mathews' Furniture Shop from 1906-18.

He taught for 27 years in the San Francisco school system and for a short time at UC Berkeley before building a home and studio in Pebble Beach in 1938. He died there on June 21, 1966. McGlynn painted luminist landscapes of the Pacific coast from Canada to Mexico.

Member: Carmel AA (pres., 1951-52); San Francisco Art Association; Bay Region AA; Society of Western Artists; American Artists Professional League; American Federation of Arts; Society for Sanity in Art; Santa Cruz Art League.

Exh: LA Liberty Fair, 1918 (award); Calif. State Fair, 1924, 1939-40; San Francisco Art Association annuals; Santa Cruz Art League, 1929-57 (awards); Monterey Co. Fair, 1931-40; Carmel AA, 1934, 1949 (solo), 1962 (solo), 1966 (solo); Oakland Art Gallery, 1936-49; Society for Sanity in Art, 1938-46; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939-40; Santa Cruz Co. Fair, 1940, 1955 (1st prizes); American Artists Professional League, 1941-46; Art in Nat'l Defense, 1943 (award); California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1945; Society of Western Artist, 1948-60; Carmel Museum, 1969; Triton Museum (Santa Clara), 1970 (solo); Monterey Peninsula Museum, 1979 (solo); San Mateo Co. Hist. Society, 1982; Ventura Co. Hist. Museum, 1984, 1985.

Works held in public places: Monterey Peninsula Museum; Monterey Community Hospital; Oakland Museum.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Interview with the artist or his/her family; Plein Air Painters (Ruth Westphal); American Art Annual 1917; Who's Who in American Art 1938-41.
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.

Biography from William A. Karges Fine Art - Carmel:
Thomas McGlynn was born in 1878, a native of San Francisco. In 1899 McGlynn entered the Mark Hopkins Institute, beginning a long association with that school's director, Arthur Mathews.

For 12 years, McGlynn served as the head of design for the Mathews Furniture Shop in San Francisco. McGlynn moved to Pebble Beach in 1938, and remained there until his death in 1966.

McGlynn painted in a pure Impressionist style, and is best remembered for his cypress and coastal paintings done on the Monterey Peninsula.

Biography from George Stern Fine Arts:

Thomas Arnold McGlynn was born March 29, 1878 in San Francisco.  As a young boy he was a member of The Columbia Park Boys Club.  He edited and illustrated the club's first magazine with woodblocks and Art-Nouveau style designs.

At age thirteen he was trapped beneath a lumber pile, which crushed his back and limited him to crutches and canes for most of his life.  This did not interfere with his career as an artist. 

In 1899, he began his studies at the California School of Design with a full scholarship.  Here he formed a lasting relationship with the director Arthur Mathews, becoming chief designer for his furniture shop from 1906-1918.

In 1938 McGlynn relocated to the Monterey Peninsula where he built a home in Pebble Beach.  He was notified of his unanimous vote into the Carmel Art Association by president Armin Hansen, also a 1906 California School of Design graduate.

McGlynn remained in Pebble Beach until his death in 1966, leaving behind a legacy of impressionistic landscapes that captured the unique lightof the Pacific Coast with pure and radiant color.

Ruth Westphal, Plein Air Painters of California: The North

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