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 Robert Earle Wood  (1926 - 1999)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: watercolor paintings, harbor, landscape, figure

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Born in Gardena, California, Robert E. Wood is known for his watercolor landscapes and marine paintings in a semi-abstract style.  He earned a B.A. from Pomona College and an MFA from Claremont where he studied with Millard Sheets, Phil Dike and Jean Ames.

In 1990, he completed twenty-two large-scale murals, which are in the Hotel Caminoreal in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

He has also been instructor of art at the University of Minnesota, Duluth from 1952 to 1955 and from 1958 at the Claremont Graduate School.

Wood died February 14, 1999 in Redlands, California.

Biography from CalART.com:
Robert E. Wood, N.A. (1926-1999), born in Gardena, California

Studied: Pomona College (California), Claremont Graduate School (California)

Member: National Academy of Design, American Watercolor Society, California Water Color Society.

Robert E. Wood grew up in Southern California.  Just after World War II, he began seriously studying watercolor painting and was influenced by Rex Brandt and Phil Dike. By the late 1940s, he was in a graduate program and already exhibiting watercolors in museum and gallery shows.  His works from this period often depict regional subjects found near Claremont, where he was attending college, and harbor subjects near Corona del Mar and Newport Beach.

By the early 1960s, he was acknowledged as one of the premier California watercolorists to emerge during the postwar era.  The personal style for which be become well-known, was clearly developing.  While most of his works have been painted with transparent watercolors, he also freely incorporated opaque colors or other complimentary mediums if they improved a specific work of art.  His paintings often balance areas of pure abstraction with stylized, but recognizable subject matter. Throughout his career, he divided his time between painting outdoors and working inside his studio.

Wood also established a career in teaching watercolor painting.  He taught at the University of Minnesota, Otis Art Institute, Scripps College and the Brandt-Dike Summer School of Painting.  Beginning in 1961, he held the position of Director of the Robert E. Wood School of Painting in Green Valley Lake, located in the San Bernardino Mountains.  His book, Watercolor Workshop, was published by WatsonGuptill in the early 1970s and has been reprinted three times.  Wood also taught traveling watercolor workshops in Russia, Sweden, France, Japan, Tahiti, Jamaica, Ireland and many other countries.

In addition, Wood exhibited his works in New York City at the National Academy of Design and in commercial art galleries.  He was also an active member of the American Watercolor Society and served as their vice-president.  On the West Coast, he exhibited regularly with the California Water Color Society, West Coast Watercolor Society, and in galleries.  He presented over eighty one-man shows since 1950.

Sources:
Gordon T. McClelland and Jay T. Last. California Watercolors 1850-1970
Interview with Robert E. Wood, 1984.

Biography from Altermann Galleries and Auctioneers, I:
Robert E. Wood
Born: Gardena, California 1926

Watercolorist, teacher

A graduate of art from Pomona College and Claremont Graduate School, Wood specialized in watercolor.  He has had more than 60 one-man exhibits, and has taught at the University of Minnesota, Otis Art Institute and Scripps College.  He conducted an art school each summer in his studio in California’s San Bernardino Mountains.

Source:
Peggy and Harold Samuels, Encyclopedia of Artists of The American West, Castle Publishing, 1985


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