Born in Cleveland, OH on Oct. 7, 1884. Izant started his business career in his native city as architect and engineer. From 1916-23 he was works manager of Corning Glass Works in Corning, NY. He settled in Los Angeles in 1923 and became general manager of the A. J. Bayer Company. He cast the original Academy Award "Oscar" before establishing his own metal manufacturing company in 1939. His company produced the beautiful metal work on the Doheny Memorial Library and the Hancock Memorial at USC, the spun-stainless steel and glass fountain at Santa Anita Race Track, and the bronze work in the Los Angeles Times Bldg. Early in his career he painted landscapes, architectural subjects, and portraits in oil and later took up drypoint etching
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
California Arts and Architecture list, 1932; Ferdinand Perret Files; Interview with the artist or his/her family; Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles Bulletin, May 1949 (obituary); Los Angeles Times, 4-21-1949 (obituary).Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here
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