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Lived/Active: California      Known for: marine, genre, still life, abstracts

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Landscape painter Helen Bertha Dooley was born in San Jose, California, on July 27, 1907, growing up there. She painted landscapes of the Monterey Peninsula; the country around San Jose and Stockton, California; and occasionally the desert. Between 1952 and 1957, the years of her marriage to Wesley Hodgins, she painted the people and landscape of the Hualapai Indian reservation in northwestern Arizona, at Peach Springs, where her husband taught. In 1959, she painted the lives and ceremonials of the Indians in Taos, New Mexico.

Dooley graduated in 1928, from San Jose State College (now San Jose State University). She taught in the Oakland Secondary Schools, from 1928-1930, later working for the San Jose Department of Adult Education, in 1933-1937. But, she continued her art studies, in 1932, at the California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco; in 1935, at the Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles (while working for the Department of Adult Education); and ultimately, in 1948, at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City.

Dooley's long teaching career continued, at Scripps College, 1937-1939; the Kern County Schools, Bakersfield, California, 1939-1948; and the College of the Pacific (now University of the Pacific), Stockton, California, 1948-1964, becoming a professor of art. She retired to Carmel, California, where she had been painting for the previous twenty years. She opened the Dooley Art Gallery in 1964, the year of her retirement, running it for nearly thirty years until the year before her death.

The artist, who worked in abstract expressionist, as well as more representational, styles, had one-person shows at the Haggin Museum and Art Gallery, Stockton, in 1962, and the Dooley Gallery, 1990. She also exhibited at the Oakland Art Gallery, CA; California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco; California State Fair, Sacramento; PAFA; Society of Western Artists, San Francisco; Springville Museum of Art, UT; Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento; Laguna Beach Art Association, CA; AWS; Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art; Royal Watercolor Society, London; and Carmel Art Association.

Her work is in the collections of the University of the Pacific; Shimizu Art Museum, Japan; and Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art.

Helen Dooley died in Carmel, California in January 1994.

References: WWWAA; WWAA 1953-1992; Krantz; WW of Am Women 1958-1965; Diet of Am Scholars; Hughes; Harbick 1-3; Monterey Peninsula Hrld, 19 Nov 1962, 11 Jan 1968, 1 Mar 1975, 30 Sep 1979, 19 Jan 1994; Carmel Pine Cone, 1 Aug 1990; Carmel Sun, 20 Jan 1994; US Cen 1910, Santa Clara Co, CA, ED 106, pg 22; H Dooley, 1992, 1993; W. Hodgins, 1994, 1995.

Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki Kovinick, "An Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West"

Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store:
Painter, teacher. Born in San Jose, CA on July 27, 1907. Dooley graduated from San Jose State College in 1928 and in the 1930s studied art at the CSFA, Chouinard Art Institute, Claremont College, and with Douglas Donaldson, Maurice Sterne, and Millard Sheets. Her teaching career included San Jose State College (1928), Oakland Secondary Schools (1928-30), San Jose Adult Education (1933-37), Scripps College (1937-39), Kern County schools (1939-48), and College of the Pacific (1948-64). 000ley won many awards in California shows after the early 1930s. For 30 years she lived on the Monterey Peninsula and maintained a gallery in Carmel. She died there on Jan. 15, 1994. Equally facile in oil, watercolor, and acrylic, she produced brightly colored paintings which border on the abstract. Member: SWA; Carmel AA; Calif. Teachers Ass'n; Stockton Art League. Exh: Oakland Art Gallery, 1930s; PAFA, 1943, 1945; Carmel Art Guild, 1946; SWA, CPLH, 1951 (1st prize); Calif. State Fair, 1957; Haggin Museum (Stockton), 1962 (solo); Carmel Art Ass'n, 1995 (solo). In: Univ. of the Pacific; Monterey Peninsula Museum; Shimizu Museum (Japan). WWAA 1940-70; KOV; Monterey Herald, 1-19-1994 (obit).
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