(1905 - 1987)
Richmond Irwin Kelsey was active/lived in California. Richmond Kelsey is known for easel and mural painting, illustration, graphics.
Biography from ArtSanDiego
Richmond Irwin Kelsey, a painter, muralist, illustrator, and print
maker, was born in San Diego, California on May 3, 1905. Kelsey
studied at the Otis Art Institute*, Santa Barbara School of the Arts*,
Los Angeles Art Center School, and under Frank Morley Fletcher.
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He began painting and exhibiting watercolors, and oils, while studying
at the LA Art Center School. He taught art at the Santa Barbara School
of the Arts in the 1930's. He was an Art Director at the Walt Disney
Studios from 1938-1950.
In addition to his animation work for Disney, Kelsey produced
illustrations for a series of Golden Books. He also wrote and
illustrated a popular children's book, Good Enough Gismo. He was also known for a series of woodblock* prints produced early in his career a la Frank Fletcher.
Kelsey was a member of the California Watercolor Society*, American
Watercolor Society*, San Diego Artist's Guild, Santa Barbara Art
League, and the California Printmakers Society. He exhibited his works
at the California State Fair, the San Diego Exposition in 1935, San
Diego Fine Art Society (now the San Museum of Art), and the Smithsonian
Richmond Kelsey died in Oxnard, California on May 3, 1987 (his birthday!).
Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940
Gordon McClelland, The California Style
Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who In American Art
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