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Darrel Millsap

 (1931 - 2012)
Darrel Millsap was active/lived in California.  Darrel Millsap is known for painting.

Darrel Millsap

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 “An article in the summer issue of American Artist concerns a successful commercial artist team in San Diego – Darrel Millsap and Robert C. Kinyon. Darrel is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Poley Millsap of Soquel and a graduate of Santa Cruz High School.  The article by Frederic Whitaker is titled ‘Millsap and Kinyon Illustrator Team.’ ‘…both were trained at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles… Millsap and Kinyon have won more than 35 awards in various art exhibitions and both believe in the art of illustration.’ They recommend aspiring illustrators to go to art school.  The article is illustrated with artwork by both artists, per Santa Cruz Sentinel, June 22, 1969, page 21; “MILLSAP, DARREL WAYNE ‘BUNKY’ Darrel Wayne Millsap passed away on April 11, 2012, due to complications of stroke, diabetes and Parkinson's disease.  He was born in Ontario, CA, on May 9, 1931, to Napoleon and Isabelle Millsap.  Darrel was known as ‘Bunky’ to all and in the years prior to his stroke, he was quite the character, with a loving heart and a smile on his face.  His post-stroke days brought us all another character who also made everyone laugh.  Darrel served in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1953, where he immediately attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.  He graduated in 1956 with a degree in Commercial Illustration.  He later became a mentor to many graduates of Art Center and was an inspiration to many aspiring artists in the years to come.

Darrel's artistic talents began at a very young age, often times drawing images of animals and portraits on brown bags or paper found in his childhood home.  This talent blossomed into a lucrative career in Commercial Illustration, where he met many of the longtime friends that became his second family.  He began his illustration career in Los Angeles, working for Fred Kopp Studios under Hector Huerta.  Within a few years, he moved to San Diego and began working for Frye and Smith, then ventured out on his own with his partner Robert Kinyon, creating Millsap/Kinyon Illustration.  They thrived for years until Robert lost his battle with cancer.  Darrel continued his artistic legacy by going solo under Darrel Millsap Illustration, and worked with his many friends and acquaintances in the art business until he retired in 1999.

Darrel was truly one of San Diego's best known ‘unknown artists’. …. Some of his finest pieces adorn the homes of his friends and children today.  Darrel was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. … Darrel was married to his wonderful wife Janis Victoria Millsap for 49 ½ years, until she lost her battle to cancer in 2008.". -

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Source: Nancy Dustin Moure, "Santa Cruz Art League Statewide Art Exhibition Index, First through Twenty-seventh, 1928-1957 (Publications in California Art, No. 12)"

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About  Darrel Millsap

Born:  1931 - Ontario
Died:   2012
Known for:  painting