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 John Marshall Gamble  (1863 - 1957)

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

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Birth
1863 (Morristown, New Jersey)
 
Death
1957 (Santa Barbara, California)

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Morristown, New Jersey, John Gamble, influenced by French Impressionist painter, Claude Monet, is known for his California floral coastal and landscape paintings, especially fields of poppies and lupines.  From Santa Barbara, he was one of the leaders of the California plein-air painting movement, and he was also a successful portrait painter.  Another favorite painting subject was coastal views of Pacific Ocean sunsets, and judging by his auction records, he occasionally painted in Arizona and Utah.  One of his closest painting companions was Elmer Wachtel.

His father worked for a steamship company, and as a teen teenager, Gamble moved with his family to Auckland, New Zealand, and then in 1883, when he was age 20, he went to San Francisco.  There he trained with Virgil Williams and Emil Carlsen at the San Francisco School of Design.  Following this period, he went to Paris to study at the Academie Julian with Jean Paul Laurens and Benjamin Constant.

He opened a studio in San Francisco but relocated to Santa Barbara after his studio was lost in the big fire in 1906.  For twenty-five years, he was color consultant for the Santa Barbara Board of Architectural Review but made a good living from the sale of his paintings.  For the opening of the Fox Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, he created a huge panoramic landscape on the stage curtain.

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Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940
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Biography from The Redfern Gallery:
John Gamble was from a family where the father worked for the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, and when John was a teenager he moved with his family to Auckland, New Zealand. At age 20 he moved to San Francisco and began art training at the School of Design under Virgil Williams and Emil Carlsen. After further training in Paris at Academie Julian under Jean Paul Laurens and Benjamin-Constant, he returned to San Francisco and opened a studio.

When his studio and most of the city went up in flames in 1906, he relocated to Santa Barbara and remained there for the rest of his life. Gamble did no commercial art work and earned his living throughout his career from the sale of his paintings. For 25 years he served as color consultant for the Santa Barbara Board of Architectural Review.

Nationally known for his landscapes, his paintings often include poppies, lupine, and other wild flowers against the greens and purples of the California hills.

MEMBERSHIPS
San Francisco Art Association
Santa Barbara Art Association
American Federation of Arts
Foundation of Western Artists

EXHIBITIONS
California Midwinter International Expo, 1894
Mark Hopkins Institute, 1898, 1906
Alaska-Yukon Expo, Seattle, 1909 (gold medal)
San Francisco Art Association, 1916
Stendahl Galleries, LA, 1938
Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939.

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:
California Historical Society
Oakland Museum
Crocker Museum, Sacramento
Shasta State Park
Museum of Art, Auckland, New Zealand
Fox Arlington Theater, Santa Barbara (murals)

(Source: Hughes, Edan Milton, "Artists in California: 1786-1940," San Francisco: Hughes Publishing Company, 1989.)

Biography from DeRu's Fine Arts:
John Marshall Gamble was born in Morristown, New Jersey on November 25, 1863. When John was a teenager he moved with his family to Auckland, New Zealand. At age 20 he moved to San Francisco and began art training at the School of Design under Virgil Williams and Emil Carlsen.

After further training in Paris at Academie Julian under Jean Paul Laurens and Benjamin-Constant, he returned to San Francisco and opened a studio. When his studio and most of the city went up in flames in 1906, he relocated to Santa Barbara and remained there for the rest of his life. Gamble did no commercial artwork and earned his living throughout his career from the sale of his paintings.

For 25 years he served as color consultant for the Santa Barbara Board of Architectural Review. He suffered a stroke in his studio and died on April 7, 1957. Nationally known for his landscapes, his paintings often include poppies, lupine and other wild flowers against the greens and purples of the California hills.

Biography from William A. Karges Fine Art - Carmel:
John Gamble was born in New Jersey and first studied art in San Francisco at the School of Design. Following further study in Paris at the Academie Julian, Gamble moved back to San Francisco and opened a studio.

When the 1906 earthquake destroyed his studio, Gamble moved south to Santa Barbara, where he would remain for the rest of his life. While in Santa Barbara, Gamble’s works brightened up considerably from the almost Barbizon-style of his San Francisco works.

Today Gamble is best remembered for his wildflower scenes with bright colors and vivid contrasts.

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