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 Ben Wilks  (1914 - 2001)

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Lived/Active: California/Ontario / Canada      Known for: landscape, seascape, still life and portrait painting, teaching

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Wildflower Boston Pizza with Lighthouse, 1987
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following information was submitted by Lisa Wilks Schliff, daughter of the artist:

Ben Wilks:    1914 - 2001

PERSONAL
Toronto, Canada
Immigrated to Los Angeles, California as a child and became a naturalized citizen of the U.S.

GENRES
landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, portraiture

FORMAL EDUCATION 
Studied at the Howard Jepson Institute of Art in Los Angeles in the late 1940's-early 1950's.  

GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST
Southern California, Big Sur, Taxco, Mexico, Tijuana, Mexico

ART MOVEMENTS OF SPECIAL INFLUENCE
Impressionism, Neo-Impressionism, Western Art

RELEVANT PERSONAL BACKGROUND
Mr. Wilks entered the U.S. Army ROTC during World War II and attained the level of Captain.  During that time he married Emily Loveman and they had their first daughter, Diana, in 1945.  He had planned on being a career army officer, but had to be medically discharged due to a physical condition.  His second daughter, Lisa, was born in 1952.  He had a happy marriage of 55 years with Emily until she died in 1998.

With a family to support and opportunities to choose from through the G.I. Bill, he enrolled in the Howard Jepson Art Institute.  He also opened a frame shop, which later became Creative Artcraft on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles.  Besides individual customers, he framed for museums and galleries throughout the greater Los Angeles Area.  He provided frames on consignment for Aaron Brothers before it was a chain store and afterward.  He touched up and repaired damaged artwork for the Los Angeles County Museum.  Now and then a celebrity would come in for custom framing (i.e., Dustin Hoffman).

Mr. Wilks painted with art student groups, en plein air, and in his own studio behind his residence on Rimpau Boulevard in Los Angeles.  He also taught art classes in that studio on Wednesday evenings from the 1950's until his retirement in the 1990's.

ART ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS
Pacific Art Guild

SPECIAL AWARDS 
Third Place, Pacific Art Guild Juried Show, October 30, 1987
Second Place, Pacific Art Guild Juried Show, April 28, 1989
Special Award, Pacific Art Guild Juried Show, June 5, 1992
Second Place, Pacific Art Guild Juried Show, April 19, 1993
Second Prize, Arizona State Fair, 1949 (Still Life)
Award: Western Serigraph Institute

MUSEUMS THAT HOLD WORKS BY BEN WILKS
Oakland Museum, Oakland, California

Represented in private collections.

EXHIBITIONS
1947 Artists of Los Angeles and Vicinity 8th Annual Exhibition, Los Angeles County Museum
1947 18th Annual State-Wide Art Exhibition, Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz
1947  Denver Art Museum
1948  Santa Paula Union High School Art Rooms, 12 Annual Art Exhibit
1948  Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture by Artists of Los Angeles and Vicinity, Greek Theater, Griffith Park
1948   Los Angeles County Museum Annual Exhibition, Artists of Los Angeles and Vicinity
1948   Chabot Art Gallery, one-man showing
1948   Art of Heroes Exhibit, The American Legion, Reseda, California
1949   Santa Paula Union High School Art Rooms, 12 Annual Art Exhibit
1949   California Centennials Exhibition of Art, Los Angeles County Museum
1949   Exhibition of Arts, Los Angeles County Fair
1949   Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture by Artists of Los Angeles and Vicinity, Greek Theater, Griffith Park
1949   Arizona State Fair
1951   Anthes Gallery, two-man showing with Howard Bradford, 767 La  Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles
1950   National Orange Show, San Bernardino, California
1950   Oakland Art Gallery
1950   Fifth Newport Harbor
1950   Fraymart Gallery in conjunction with Arts & Architecture Division, Arts, Science & Professions Council, Crossroads of the World, Los Angeles
1953   California State Fair and Exposition, Sacramento
1953   38th Annual National Orange Show, San Bernardino, California
1953   Denver Art Museum Annual Exhibition
1959   5th Annual Art Fair and Purchase Prize Exhibition, Art Committee of the Westside Jewish Community Center, Los Angeles
1960   6th Annual Art Fair and Purchase Prize Exhibition, Art Committee of the Westside Jewish Community Center, Los Angeles
1962   The Ivory Tower Art Gallery, Santa Monica
1971   Los Angeles Public Library Memorial Branch Exhibition
1987   Pacific Art Guild Juried Show, Los Angeles
1989   Pacific Art Guild Juried Show, "
1992   Pacific Art Guild Juried Show, "
1993   Pacific Art Guild Juried Show, "
Year unknown Paintings by Veterans, Raymond & Raymond Galleries, Beverly Hills.

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