(1900 - 1952)
John Atherton was active/lived in Vermont, California, Minnesota, New Brunswick / Canada. John Atherton is known for magic realist and surreal painting, illustration.
Biography John Atherton
For John Atherton there was no line drawn between "fine" and
"commercial" art. He painted pictures for advertisers, magazine covers,
and galleries alike. All were characterized by his strong sense
of design and color.
Atherton was born in Brainerd, Minnesota,
studied at the College of the Pacific, and the California School of
Fine Arts in San Francisco. He first worked in a number of
West-Coast art studios learning the basics of his craft. When he
won a $500 first prize award in the annual exhibit of the Bohemian Club
in 1929, it financed his move to New York.
There, he began to do
illustrations for advertisers, including General Motors, Container
Corporation of America, and Shell Oil, and covers fo
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