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 Irene Margaret Bowen Robinson  (1891 - 1973)



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Lived/Active: California      Known for: landscape, animal, book illustrator

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in South Bend, WA on Nov. 27, 1891. Irene Bowen settled in Los Angeles in 1906. She studied at Drury College, University of Chicago, with John F. Carlson, and, after returning to Los Angeles in 1921, at Otis and Chouinard Art Institutes. In 1923 she married writer William Robinson. She was active in the local art scene while painting and illustrating her husband's children’s books. Her painting subjects include wildflowers, landscapes, old buildings, and animals. She died in Santa Monica on Jan. 22, 1973. Exh: Calif. Art Club, 1924-36 (prizes); Calif. WC Society, 1926-51; Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1926-38; San Diego FA Gallery, 1927; West Coast Arts, 1927; UCLA, 1927, 1931; Hollywood Women’s Club, 1928; Zeitlin Bookshop (LA), 1930; Younger Painters Club (LA), 1930; Ebell Club (LA), 1932 (prize); LA County Fair, 1933; Oakland Art Gallery, 1933; Progressive Painters of So. Calif., 1934; GGIE, 1939; LACMA, 1943 (solo); Santa Barbara Museum, 1944; Glendale AA, 1945. In: Univ. of Minnesota; Pasadena Art Inst.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
American Art Annual 1923-33; Who's Who in American Art 1936-62; Artists of the American West (Doris Dawdy); Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); The Otis Story; Women Artists of the American West; Los Angeles Times, 1-23-1973 (obituary).
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Born in Washington state, Irene Robinson grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Pasadena, California. In 1915, she attended Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, and later studied at the University of Chicago, the Broadmoor Art Academy with John Carlson in Colorado Springs, and in Los Angeles at the Chouinard and Otis Art Institutes. In the early 1920s, she taught art in Los Angeles and then married William Wilcox Robinson, a businessman and writer.

Living in Los Angeles with her family, she painted western subjects from wildflowers to land forms, historic structures, and animals. She also became an illustrator for many of her husband's books, mostly for children and about animals. Titles include "On the Farm", "Beasts of the Tar Pits", and "At the Zoo".

Source: "An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West" by Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick

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