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 Marjory Madden Adams Darling  (1897 - 1984)



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Lived/Active: California/Oregon      Known for: portrait and figure painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Portland, OR on May 27, 1897. Marjory Madden began drawing as a child and, while in her teens, won a scholarship to the Portland Art Institute. Shortly before graduation from high school, she was stricken with tuberculosis and taken to Phoenix, AZ. When the dry desert climate failed to help her condition, she was taken to a tuberculosis clinic in Monrovia, CA where she lay bedridden for five years.

Fully recovered, she moved to Laguna Beach in 1921 and spent her remaining years there. An earlier marriage to Franklin Adams ended in divorce. During her 63 years in Laguna she became an artist of some repute after her marriage to painter William S. Darling.

Her portraits won more than 100 awards before her death in Laguna Beach on March 13, 1984.

San Diego Art Association, La Jolla Art Association; Palm Springs Desert Center; Society of Western Artists; Laguna Beach Art Association

Laguna Festival of Arts, 1932-82; Riverside Art Association, 1941; Frye Museum (Seattle); San Diego Fine Arts Gallery; Festival of the Arts (Laguna Beach), 1961; Smithsonian Inst., 1962 (1st prize); Fiesta del Pacifico (San Diego), 1963 (1st prize); Arizona State Fair, 1963 (1st prize); All-Calif. Show, 1963 (1st prize).

Orange Co. (CA) Museum.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Laguna-News Post, 3-22-1984 & Santa Associate of the National Academy of Design Register, 3-27-1984 (obits).
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Portland, Oregon, Marjorie Darling was a portrait and figure painter who was active both in the East and Western parts of the United States.

At age sixteen, she won a scholarship to the Art Institute of Portland. Stricken with tuberculosis, she moved to Arizona for one year.

In 1921, she settled in Laguna Beach, where she married painter William Darling. She studied with John Jay Baumgarnter and Frederic Taubes of New York City, and for many years co-ordinated the Taubes classes in Laguna Beach.  She was also organizer, President, and then National Chairman of art prizes for the Biennial at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.

TREASURY OF LIVING ART, The Desert Art Center, Palm Springs, CA 1970.

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