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 Alexander Tihon Ignatiev  (1913 - 1995)

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Lived/Active: California / Russian Federation      Known for: genre, landscape, figure and mural painting

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Alexander Tihon Ignatiev
from Auction House Records.
View of Los Angeles City Hall from Bunker Hill
Artwork images are copyright of the artist or assignee
Biography from California Watercolor:
Alex Ignatiev (1913-1955) Born: Russia; studied: Chouinard Art Institute (Los Angeles); Member: Valley Artist Club. Alex Ignatiev grew up in San Francisco and in the 1930s received a scholarship to study with Millard Sheets, Phil Paradise and Lawrence Murphy.

His watercolor paintings are American Scene works done with transparent and opaque paints. In addition, he produced murals and animated film art for a number of Hollywood studios including Walt Disney, Warner Brothers and Hanna-Barbera.

Biographical information:
Interview with Alex Ignatiev, 1984.

Biography courtesy of California Watercolors 1850-1970,
©2002 Hillcrest Press, Inc.

Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store:
Painter and animator, Alexander Ignatiev was born in Russia on April 16, 1913, the son of a czarist general.  Ignatiev left Russia with his family during the Revolution and decamped to China, leaving all possessions behind. After five years there, he came to San Francisco in 1923. He later moved to Hollywood but made many trips back to San Francisco to paint and study with Gleb Ilyin.

He then studied for four years at the Chouinard Art School under Millard Sheets, Phil Paradise, and Lawrence Murphy.  Upon graduation in 1937, he worked for 50 years as a film animator for Warner Brothers, Hanna-Barbera, and Walt Disney.

Ignatiev was a resident of Laguna Beach, CA until his demise on Oct. 12, 1995.

Working in oil and watercolor, his work includes landscapes, still lifes, figure studies, and urban social realism scenes often with street people and Victorian houses.

Valley Artists' Guild; Painters & Sculptors of LA.

Drawings by American Artists, 1937; Friday Morning Club (LA), 1965 (1st prize), 1970; Beverly Hills Women's Club, 1966 (2nd prize); Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce, 1966, 1968 (prizes); Valley Artists Guild, 1969-70 (1st prizes).

Bakersfield (CA) High School (mural); Home Savings Art Collection. CA&A; FF; Invw; Orange County Register, 10-15-1995 (obit).
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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