Born in Berkeley, CA on Oct. 14, 1911. After graduating from Stanford in 1932, Putnam enrolled at Chouinard School of Art in Los Angeles. At that school he was a pupil of Millard Sheets, Barse Miller, and F. T. Chamberlin. From 1933-58 he was an art director at Disney Studios on such films as "Pinocchio," "Fantasia," and "Cinderella." During WWII he served in the U.S. Navy Photographic Section. He died in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2001. Member: Academy of Motion Pictures & Sciences.
Exh: Santa Cruz Art League, 1934; Calif. WC Society, 1935-42; Plato Society, UCLA, 1985.
Source: Edan Hughes, author of the book "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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