Born in South Bend, WA on Nov. 27, 1891. Irene Bowen settled in Los Angeles in 1906. She studied at Drury College, University of Chicago, with John F. Carlson, and, after returning to Los Angeles in 1921, at Otis and Chouinard Art Institutes. In 1923 she married writer William Robinson. She was active in the local art scene while painting and illustrating her husband's children's books. Her painting subjects include wildflowers, landscapes, old buildings, and animals. She died in Santa Monica on Jan. 22, 1973. Exh: Calif. Art Club, 1924-36 (prizes); Calif. WC Society, 1926-51; Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1926-38; San Diego FA Gallery, 1927; West Coast Arts, 1927; UCLA, 1927, 1931; Hollywood Women's Club, 1928; Zeitlin Bookshop (LA),
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"American Art Annual
1923-33; Who's Who in American Art
1936-62; Artists of the American West
(Doris Dawdy); Southern California Artists
(Nancy Moure); The Otis Story; Women Artists of the American West
; Los Angeles Times, 1-23-1973 (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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