Born in Towle, CA on Sept. 12, 1903, the son of a gold miner. After graduating from the public schools of Sacramento, Mottram earned a B.A. degree from Sacramento Jr. College. He further studied at the CCAC and CSFA under Ralph Stackpole. He then worked for an Oakland firm as a tile designer, for a pottery works in Alameda, and as an apprentice to local sculptor Pio Tognelli and painter John Emmett Gerrity. In the early 1930s he moved down the peninsula to Palo Alto where he remained. He had his first exhibition in 1936 at the Art Center Gallery (SF) and taught art at San Jose State from 1948-56. Mottram died at home on March 12, 1956. Primarily a painter, he is also known for his clay sculptures and lithographs. Member: SFAA; Palo
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Artists and People; Palo Alto Times, 3-12-1956 (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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