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 Standish Backus Jr  (1910 - 1989)

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Lived/Active: California/Michigan      Known for: landscape, marine genre and mural painting

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BIOGRAPHY for Standish Backus Jr
1910 (Detroit, Michigan)
1989 (Santa Barbara, California)


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landscape, marine genre and mural painting

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Born in Detroit, Michigan to a wealthy family, Standish Backus studied watercolor while an architecture student at Princeton and at the University of Munich.   His formal art training was limited to a brief period of study with Eliot O'Hara.

In 1935, he moved to Santa Barbara, California and became active with the California Water Color Society.  During World War II, he was a combat artist* for the Navy in the Pacific, and in 1955 participated in Admiral Byrd's expe (showing 500 of 3510 characters).

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