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 George Gibson  (1904 - 2001)

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Lived/Active: New York/California      Known for: town-landscape, illustration

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BIOGRAPHY for George Gibson
1904 (Edinburgh, Scotland)

New York/California

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Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, George Gibson was educated at Edinburgh College of Art in Glascow and at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. He was a frequent painting companion of Emil Kosa.

In 1934, Gibson began a thirty-five year career with Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios and became director of the scene department. He developed colossal, dramatic backdrops for movies such as "Brigadoon," "The Wizard of Oz," and "Oklahoma." However, his watercolors of life around him were of a more traditional size, and he won over 50 awards for his painting excellence.

Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940

George Gibson was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award from the National Watercolor Society in 2000.

Source: Plein Air, July 2005

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Biography courtesy of California Watercolors 1850-1970 By Gordon T. McClelland and Jay T. Last.

George Gibson, N.A. (1904-2001) Born: Edinburgh, Scotland

Studied: Edinburgh College of Art, Glasgow School of Art, Chouinard Art Institute (Los Angeles)

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

George Gibson grew up in Northern Scotland.  In 1930, he emigrated from Scotland to the United States and settled in Los Angeles where he continued his art education with F. Tolles Chamberlin.  After serving in the United States Marine Corps in World War 11, he began to exhibit his watercolor paintings on a professional level.  Since then, he has taken painting trips to many remote areas of the state and become nationally recognized for his representational depictions of the California landscape.

Gibson worked as an artist in the motion picture industry for thirty-five years.  He started as a painter of storyboard illustrations and eventually became head of the scenic art department at M.G.M. Studios.  In the late 1940s, he was on the board of the California Water Color Society and in 1951 was the Society's president.

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Interview with George Gibson, 1983.

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