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 Bernice Lee (Burr) Singer  (1912 - 1992)

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Lived/Active: California/Missouri      Known for: social realist watercolor painting, lithography

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Biography from Spencer Jon Helfen Fine Arts:
Burr Singer was concerned with the plight of workers, the lower classes and minorities.  She frequently depicted scenes of laborers, African Americans and others, working, riding on buses, and in other Social Realist scenes.

Bernice Lee Singer was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1912, and studied at that city's School of Fine Arts, as well as at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Art Students League in New York City, and in Taos, New Mexico, in private classes with Walter Ufer.

In 1939 Singer settled in Los Angeles where she was active in the California Watercolor Society and exhibited frequently throughout the state, including at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Oakland Art Gallery, and the San Francisco Art Association, among others. Singer also exhibited at the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco and at the New York World's Fair. In 1942 one of Singer's lithographs was included in the highly-acclaimed "Artists for Victory" show at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Burr Singer passed away in Los Angeles in 1992.

Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store:
A lithographer and painter, Burr Singer was born in St Louis, MO on Nov. 20, 1912. Singer studied at the St Louis School of Fine Arts, Art Institute of Chicago, Art Students League of New York City, and privately with Walter Ufer in Taos for several years.

She settled  in Los Angeles in 1939 and continued to live there until her demise on Nov. 18, 1992. She was the childhood sweetheart and wife of Harry Friedman.

California Water Color Society (vice-pres, 1958); Los Angeles Art Association; Artists Equity Ass'n, NY.

New York Worlds Fair, 1939; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939; Oakland Art Gallery, 1940; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1940-55; San Francisco Art Association, 1942; MM, 1944; LA Co. Fair, 1951, 1953; Library of Congress, 1983.

Library of Congress; Warren Flynn School (Clayton, MO); Beverly-Fairfax Jewish Comm. Center (LA); Child Guidance Clinic (LA). FId; lnvw; Whos's Who in American Art 1940-70; Los Angeles Times, 11-24-1992 (obit).
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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