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 Clarence Keiser Hinkle  (1880 - 1960)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: landscape, still life and portrait painting

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BIOGRAPHY for Clarence Hinkle
1880 (Auburn, California)
1960 (Santa Barbara, California)


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An academy trained California painter of landscape, portrait, and still lifes, Clarence Hinkle experimented with a variety of styles and was part of a "Group of Eight" California artists who exhibited modernist work.

He was born in Auburn, California and grew up on a ranch near Sacramento. His first art instruction was at the nearby Crocker Art Gallery in Sacramento, and then, as a young man, he moved to San Francisco where he enrolled at the Mark Hopkins Institute and studied under Arthur Mathews.

Later he was to study under John Twachtman at the Art Students League in New York City and then with William Merritt Chase at the Pennsylvania Academy where he was exposed to American Impressionism as well as many other styles.

From the Pennsylvania Academy he earned a Cresson Traveling Scholarship and spent six years studying in Europe, first in Holland and then in France. In paris, studied at the Beaux Arts, Colarossi and the Julian Academy but later claimed that he learned the most from his walks through the Louvre. He was especially intrigued by the Georgian portraits of Gainsborough, Lawrence, Copley, and Raeburn.

He returned to the East Coast in 1912 and then went to California where in 1913, he had a successful one-man show in San Francisco. He established a studio there and became a prominent member of the art community in that area. At the Pacific International Exposition of 1915, he and Rinaldo Cuneo decorated several buildings including that of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company.

In 1917, Hinkle moved to Los Angeles where he taught at the Los Angeles School of Art and Design and then became the first instructor in painting and drawing of the Chouinard School of Art. He was highly influential on a number of prominent California artists includig Millard Sheets and Phil Dike.

He married Mabel Hunter Bain, and later lived in Laguna Beach from 1931 to 1935 before moving to Santa Barbara where he resided for the next twenty-five years until his death.

Ruth Westphal, Plein Air Painters of California: The Southland

Biography from William A. Karges Fine Art - Beverly Hills:
Clarence Hinkle was born in Auburn, California, in 1880, and grew up on a ranch outside Sacramento. Hinkle studied at the Crocker Art Gallery in Sacramento, the Mark Hopkins Institute in San Francisco, Art Students League in New York, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, and the Academie Colarossi and Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, where he was greatly influenced by Impressionism.

He returned to the U.S. in 1912, spending 5 years living and exhibiting his works in San Francisco, before moving to Southern California to teach at the Los Angeles School of Art & Design and Chouinard Institute. Hinkle remained active as a painter and teacher in Laguna Beach, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara, where he died in 1960.

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