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 Ben Abril  (1923 - 1995)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: historical sites, landscape, structure

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BIOGRAPHY for Ben Abril
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1923 (Los Angeles, California)
 
Death
1995

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California

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Born in Los Angeles, California, Ben Abril is known for his paintings, primarily in watercolor, of California landmarks. He became an active painter who taught oil painting and belonged to art clubs in Laguna, Beverly Hills, San Gabriel, and Brea. His paintings are at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, and the U.S. Navy collection, and the King of Spain has one of the San Luis Rey Mission near Oceanside. When he visited Los Angeles, Pope John received a painting of Abril's.

Abril studied at the School of Allied Arts, Glendale College, and the Los Angeles Art Center. From 1966 to 1977, he was Architectural Coordinator for Los Angeles County. While working for the County of Los Angeles at the Hall of Administration, Ben made time after work to render Bunker Hill scenes including Angels Flight, located two blocks away. He has also taught art at several community colleges. His residence has been in La Canada.

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Harold and Peggy Samuels, "Contemporary Western Artists"
Gordon McClelland and Jay Last, "California Watercolors, 1850-1970"

Biography from Whites Gallery:
Ben Abril was born in Los Angeles, California in 1923.

After spending two years in the English countryside north of London as a member of the United States Air Force, Abril made the decision to become an artist. He studied at the School of Allied Arts, Glendale College, and the Los Angeles Art Center.

From 1966 to 1977, he was an architectural coordinator for Los Angeles County. Abril found himself intrigued by a district in Los Angeles known as 'Bunker Hill,' located a short distance from the Hall of Administration where he worked. Bunker Hill was a popular quarter, famous for its liveliness and a funicular, Angels' Flight (Abril's depictions of Angel's Flight are renowned). Abril produced numerous representations of the Bunker Hill area, thirty-six of which are in the collection of the Los Angeles County History Museum. Abril illustrated children's books for Follett Publishing and also worked as a scenic artist for the film industry in Hollywood.

Abril's many collectors include the U.S. Navy, Pope John Paul and the King of Spain..

Abril has been honored with election to the American Watercolor society in New York, and the National Watercolor Society in Los Angeles.

He was included in "Who's Who in America," and "Who's Who in Art" Cambridge, England.

Ben Abril died in Los Angeles, California June 7th, 1995.


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