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 Richard Haines  (1906 - 1984)

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Lived/Active: Iowa/Kansas/California      Known for: mod views, mural, genre, sculptor

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Woman in an Interior, Diane
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born Marian, IA, December 29, 1906; died Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 9, 1984. Painter, specialized in watercolor. Muralist. Sculptor. Printmaker. Worked as a designer for a greeting card manufacturer and then for a calendar firm before becoming a pupil of Edmund Kopietz and Glen Mitchell at Minneapolis (MN) School of Art. Studied with John Norton in Chicago; studied fresco under La Montaigne St. Hubert and composition under Despujols at the Fontainbleau School, France. Returned to U.S. and became involved in New Deal art projects such as the 1936 mural in the Wichita Post Office, “Kansas Farming”, two murals for West High School, Denver, CO, and seven panels in South High School, Minneapolis, MN. Moved to Los Angeles, CA area in 1941 where he worked for Douglas aircraft then taught at the Chouinard Art Institute from 1945-54. From 1954-1974, Haines was head of the painting department at the Otis Art Institute.
Vanderlip Traveling Scholarship, 1933.

Metropolitan Museum of Art; Smithsonian American Art Museum; Los Angeles Country Museum of Art; San Diego Museum of Art; Seattle Museum of Art; Portland Museum of Art; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Murals at West High School in Denver, CO and post offices in Gresco, IA, Hastings, NB, and Wichita.

Minnesota Art Association; California Water Color Society.

Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Wiebe, Joanna K. “Kansans Cared About their New Deal Art”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 21, 1972. p.1E & 7E-----. “Local Legends Live in Art”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 22, 1972. p.1A & 3A-----. “Age Enhances Fort Scott Mural”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 23, 1972. p.1A & 8A-----. “Halstead Legend Perpetuated”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 24, 1972. p.1A & 16A -----. “Scenics, Murals and Lithographs Included in Kansas New Deal Art”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 25, 1972. p.15A.; Afb; AskArt,, accessed Dec. 16, 2005; Accessed July 21, 2006
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

Biography from Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery (Artists A-H):
Richard Haines' paintings capture "a meandering silence, a pause in time, a captive moment, all of which tend to reveal the spiritual values of humanity while depicting its physical form." – Dalzell Hatfield

Charles Richard Haines was born in Marian, Iowa on December 29, 1906. After growing up on a farm in Iowa he began his studies at the Minneapolis School of Art. While teaching at the Minneapolis School of Art he became interested in mural painting. In 1933 he won the Vanderlip Traveling Scholarship to the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Fontainebleau, France.

Shortly after his return to the United States he became involved in New Deal art projects, winning nine mural commissions, primarily for U.S. Post Offices from the Treasury Department's Section of Painting and Sculpture between 1935 and 1941. Haines moved to Los Angeles in 1941 where he began teaching at the Chouinard Art Institute. From 1954-1974 he was the head of the painting department at Otis Art Institute.

Haines was a principal figure in the West Coast Modernist school. His ouevre includes murals, sculpture, paintings, watercolors and printmaking. The artist developed a distinctive style of representation, which was influenced by cubist and abstracted geometric work. Although some of his paintings are composed of many broken planes of color, others, especially some of his figurative works, are marked by simplicity.
COLLECTIONS (partial list):
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Smithsonian, American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
Seattle Museum of Art, Seattle, WA
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR

EXHIBITIONS (partial list):
American Contemporary Gallery, Los Angeles (War Drawings) 1944
Dalzell Hatfield Gallery, Los Angeles 1948
American Painting, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 1950
American Watercolor & Drawing, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY 1952
Santa Monica Art Gallery, City of Santa Monica 1956
Scipps College Art Galleries, La Jolla, CA 1956 (Murals)
Artists of L.A. & Vicinity, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA 1950, 1955, 1956
Santa Barbara Art Museum 1959

Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store:
Watercolorist, printmaker, sculptor, muralist. Born on Dec. 29, 1906 in Marian, IA. Haines studied at the Minneapolis School of Art and later taught there. In the early 1940s he moved to southern California and established a studio-home in Santa Monica. From 1945-54 he taught at Chouinard Art Institute and from 1954-74 at Otis Art Institute. He died in Los Angeles on Oct. 9, 1984. Member: Minnesota AA; Calif. WC Society. Exh: LACMA, 1944-55 (prizes); Calif. State Fair, 1948, 1951; Calif. WC Society, 1948-55; MM, 1951; CGA, 1951; SFMA, 1948; Frye Museum (Seattle), 1964. In: MM; LACMA; Santa Barbara Museum. Murals: West High School, Denver, 00; USPO, Cresco, IA; USPO, Wichita, KS; USPO, Hastinas, MN. WWAA 1936-66.
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