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 George Booth Post  (1906 - 1997)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: mod town-landscape, machines, marine

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Oakland, CA on Sept. 29, 1906. Post settled in San Francisco in 1919 and, after graduating from Polytechnic High School, studied at the CSFA (1924-26). He began exhibiting in the early 1930s and received favorable criticisms for his watercolors of the San Francisco Bay area and the Mother Lode country. He taught at Stanford University (1940), San Jose State College (1951-52), and the CCAC (1947-72). Having traveled and painted around the world, Post lived in San Francisco until his demise on March 26, 1997. Exh: Beaux Arts Gallery (SF), 1931 (solo); SF Art Center, 1932-34; SFMA, 1936, 1941 (solos); Calif.-Pacific Int'l Expo (San Diego), 1935; AIC, 1936; Calif. WC Society, 1936-53 (prizes); CPLH, 1939, 1945, 1960, 1965 (solos); Oakland Art Gallery, 1936, 1937 (solo), 1947 (prize); LACMA, 1936, 1945 (prize); Laguna Beach Museum, 1942 (solo); Springfield (MO) Museum, 1966; Zellerbach Show (SF), 1975 (1st prize); Challis Gallery (Laguna Beach), 1979 (solo); SWA, 1979 (1st prize). In: CHS; MM; SFMA; CPLH; Oakland Museum; Seattle Museum; San Diego Museum; Santa Barbara Museum; Mills College (Oakland); Sonora High School (mural).
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Interview with the artist or his/her family; Who's Who in American Art 1938-70; Who's Who in California 1942; California Art Research, 20 volumes; Artists and People; SF Chronicle, 4-2-1997 (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 and raised in the Bay Area, George Post attended the California School of Fine Arts.  In 1927, he went into advertising, printing and watercolor painting.  In 1933, he lived in the Mother Lode mining area and also did a mining theme mural for Sonora High School.  From 1937 to 1938, he traveled in Europe and Mexico, and in the 1940s was an art instructor at Stanford.

In 1947, Post became fine arts professor at the California College of Arts and Crafts, where he taught until his 1973.  From 1945 through 1955, he was associated with the Brandt-Dike Summer School.  He is known for transparent watercolors of equipment and engines.

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Biography provided courtesy of “California Watercolors 1850-1970” By Gordon T. McClelland and Jay T. Last.

George Post (1906-1997)... Born: Oakland, CA

Studied: California School of Fine Arts (San Francisco), Acad6mie Frochot (Paris)

Member: American Watercolor Society, California Water Color Society.

George Post was born and raised in Oakland, spent several years in Gold Hill, Nevada, then returned to California to live in San Francisco. In 1921, he received a scholarship to study at the California School of Fine Arts. His teachers were Gottardo Piazzoni, Otis Oldfield, Ray Boynton, Spencer Macky and Constance Macky.

By 1930, he was married and working as a commercial artist, while privately painting watercolors of San Francisco cityscape subjects. Although he received little instruction in watercolor at art school, he became very interested in this medium while viewing a show of outstanding watercolors by Stanley Wood in 1929. After that he became a committed watercolorist, producing works on a daily basis.

When California became known as the center of a new movement in watercolor painting, Post had already produced a large body of work and was prepared to do exhibitions at museum and gallery shows. He presented one-man shows at the San Francisco Art Center, San Francisco Museum of Art, Oakland Art Gallery, Sacramento College Art Gallery, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Sacramento Art Center and in a number of private galleries. His watercolors done for the P.WPA. Art Project were exhibited at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum and a mural he painted in Sonora received positive reviews in the newspaper. As a member of the California Group, his works traveled in shows throughout America.

During World War 11, he helped with the war effort by working as a cargo storage planner for military ships. He would draw detailed charts showing where food, ammunition, and other supplies would be stored on board. These ships went to aid soldiers fighting in the South Pacific. While working on the docks, he also painted watercolors of the ships and harbor.

Post's watercolors, particularly the geometric abstractionist works done after the war, were well received in art circles throughout California. His style was modern enough to be exhibited in the progressive art shows and representational enough to be included in more conservative ones. His goals were to capture the essence of design and feeling offered by the subject, rather than to produce a realistic picture of the scene. Although many of his watercolors look deceptively simple, they are masterfully composed, spontaneously painted, and have a creative use of shadow and light to establish a definite mood.

In addition to his painting career, Post also taught art for many years. At first, he was opposed to the idea because he did not want to do anything except paint. But in 1947, he was offered a job teaching at the California College of Arts and Crafts that only required him to teach two days per week. He took the job with the understanding that he would be painting on location with his students. In the summers, he taught at the Brandt-Dike Summer School of Painting. When they closed the school, he taught summers for the T.H. Hewett Watercolor Workshops at various locations around the world. In 1991, a book titled George Post, which documents his life and art, was published by Hillcrest Press, Inc.

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