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 Doran Welton Barham  (1926 - 1999)

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Lived/Active: Kansas      Known for: landscape architecture drawing, regional scene painting

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Born Lindsborg, Kansas, Nov. 22, 1926 and died Wichita, Oct. 1, 1999, Doran Barham was an architect and architectural artist and painter.  He attended school in Manhattan, Kansas; served in the Navy in World War II; and then returned to Kansas State College, Manhattan to earn his architecture degree in 1950.

He took classes with William Dickerson at the Wichita Art Association, and worked in Wichita for the architectural firm of Thomas and Harris from 1950-58.  He operated a home studio for several years and then worked for Oblinger-Smith, Landscape architects and city planners from 1970-78.  He reopened a studio in 1977 to paint the people and places of Kansas.
Sandzén Memorial Art Gallery

Kansas Watercolor Society; Wichita Artists Guild.

Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Beach; Wichita Eagle (Oct. 6, 1999); Sandzén archives; WKDC (Kansas Artists, compiled by Woman’s Kansas Day Club. January 29, 1964. Typed Manuscript.); WKDC (Kansas Artists, compiled by Woman’s Kansas Day Club. January 29, 1964. Typed Manuscript.); Family Search. Version 2.5.0. Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2002. accessed
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

Biography from Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery:
Doran Welton Barham

Born in Lindsborg, Kansas, November 22, 1926.

Parents were Doris and Harold Barham, graduates of Bethany College, and his father was a Chemistry Professor there several years.

Lived in Manhattan, Kansas, attending elementary and high school, leaving to serve two years in the Navy and returning for a B.S. in architecture at Kansas State University in 1950.

Early training in watercolor began as a student of architecture at Kansas State University where first classes were under Professor John Helm.

Employed by architectural firm of Thomas and Harris, Wichita, Kansas, in 1950 where he continued for eight years and did many of the firm's architectural illustrations.

Opened home studio in 1958 doing free lance architectural illustration for architects in Kansas and surrounding states.

Employed by firm of Oblinger-Smith, Landscape Architects and City Planners from 1970 through 1975 as an Architectural Illustrator and Designer.

Reopened home studio in 1977 entering the field of fine art and primarily working in transparent watercolor.

Studied under Bill Dickerson and others at the Wichita Art Association.

Subject matter is varied with people, places, and events of the Kansas scene being a large part of his work although surrounding mountain states frequently appear in paintings.

Architectural background often evident in choice of subject matter and attention to detail. Paintings have a soft warm appeal and occasionally with a touch of humor.

Married in 1948 and has three grown children.

Currently exhibits through Wichita Gallery of Fine Art in Fourth National Financial Center in Wichita, KS.

Member of Kansas Watercolor Society and the Artists Guild of Wichita.

Won awards as early as high school and numerous ones in the Kansas Watercolor shows with paintings included in various private collections.

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