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 Burton Shepard Boundey  (1879 - 1962)

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Lived/Active: California/Wisconsin      Known for: landscape, marine, mural

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Burton Boundey was a prolific painter in bold modernist style and muralist active in California during the early twentieth century. He was a native of Wisconsin, born in the town of Oconomowoc in 1879. Boundey pursued his early art education in Chicago, Illinois, at the Art Institute of Chicago and Smith Academy. He then went to New York City where he was a pupil of Robert Henri and George Bellows.

In 1927 he moved to Monterey, California, and promptly opened a studio there. He taught at the nearby Carmel Art Institute and was a member of the American Artists Professional League. He painted marines and coastal scenes in and around Carmel and Monterey and was a skilled watercolorist and oil painter. His artwork was exhibited at the Carmel Art Association, the Oakland Art Gallery, the Santa Cruz Art League, the San Francisco Art Association and the Pasadena Art Institute.

Boundey died of a heart attack in his Pacific Grove, California, home in 1962.

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
"American Art Review", August 1998

Biography from Kendall Fine Art:
Burton Shephard Boundey was born in 1879 in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. The son of a house painter, Boundey had to work for three years after high school in order to afford enrollment in the Chicago Art Institute. He was immmediately placed in the advanced class. Boundey switched to the Chicago Art Academy in order to study drawing from live models, but without financial support, was only able to attend classes sporatically. For five years he scraped by with assorted jobs, including one as Academy janitor that allowed him to sleep nights in the unheated classroom.

In 1907 Boundey headed West, working briefly in Oregon painting theater backdrops before landing in Los Angeles in 1908. There he joined the Los Angeles Painter’s Club, where he sold his first painting. Still finances burdened him, and he was forced to pick oranges, painting when he could. In 1909, Boundey moved to San Jose, where he met his future wife (Letitia Brown).

Boundey then returned East, this time to New York City, where he became standout pupil of Robert Henri and George Bellows. His fellow students included George Luks and William Glackens. His time in New York was short lived, however, as he returned to his birthplace in 1910 to aid his ailing father. During this period, he designed a “tiny portable studio on runners which could be pushed about on the ice, where he painted winter scenes of skaters and ice boats.”

He and Letitia were married in 1924 and moved to Monterey in 1926, where he devoted himself full-time to his painting. The couple built a studio in 1930, which quickly became a gathering place for local artists. Deeply committed to the local art community, Boundey became a founding member of the Carmel Art Association and served as its president. He also taught at the Carmel Art Institute and the Monterey Union Adult School while maintaining an active exhibition schedule.

After the war, the Boundeys traveled the Southwest, settling in Pacific Grove, where he continued to paint and teach. He died of a heart attack at the age of 83 in 1962.

John O’Shea and Friends, Carmel Art Association, p. 45

Biography from William A. Karges Fine Art - Beverly Hills:
A bold and prolific modernist painter, Burton Boundey studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smith Academy, and in New York with Robert Henri and George Bellows. Boundey moved to Monterey, California in 1927, and the studio he founded quickly became a meeting spot for local artists. Deeply involved and committed to the local art communities, Boundey was a teacher in the Carmel Art Institute, and a President of the Carmel Art Association.

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