George Kennedy Brandriff was born on Feb. 13, 1890 in Millville, NJ. After moving to Orange, CA in 1913, Brandriff worked as a piano salesman. Shortly after his arrival he enrolled at the USC College of Dentistry and in 1918 opened a dental office in Hemet, CA. Without the benefit of formal training, he had been painting all his life. He later had a few art lessons from Anna Hills, Carl Oscar Borg, Jack Wilkinson Smith, and in 1928 abandoned dentistry to devote full-time to art. After building a studio-home in Laguna Beach, Brandriff taught painting (Orrin White was one of his pupils) and served as president of the local art association. His subject matter included beach scenes, marines, mountain landscapes, still lifes, and figures.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"California Impressionism
(Wm. Gerdts & Will South); Plein Air Painters
(Ruth Westphal); Southern California Artists
(Nancy Moure); Artists of the American West
(Samuels); Art Digest, 3-15-1931; Los Angeles Times, 4-13-1931; American Art Annual
1933; Painters & Sculptors in California: the Modern Era
; So. Calif. Artists, 1890-1940; Who's Who in American Art
1936-39 (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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