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 Frederic Johnston  (1890 - 1953)

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Lived/Active: California/Illinois      Known for: landscape, architect, illustration

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Chicago, Frederic Johnston became a painter and architect. Following World War II, he moved to Southern California where he studied architecture at the University of California and Claremont College. He painted with Millard Sheets and George Brandriff and taught art for many years at Riverside College. He died in Riverside, California.
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A native of Chicago, Johnston lived in Riverside, California from 1924 until 1952. He was an engineer-architect by profession, served as assistant engineer at Maarch Air Base during World War II and then was superintendent of construction at the University of California, Riverside, until his illness forced his retirement in 1948. He began painting in the early 30's and later taught art classes at night school in Riverside City College and San Bernardino Valley College as well as conducting a large private class. He studied with George Brandiff, Phil Dyke and Millard Sheets. All three instructors were high in praise of his natural approach, his excellent sense of design and colors. They predicted for him a brilliant future.

Frederic was accepted in the California Water Color Society and exhibited widely throughout the country with that organization. He was also a member of the Laguna Art Association, The San Diego Fine Arts Guild, The Riverside Fine Arts Guild, and the Riverside Art Association. His paintings were accepted for shows at the Orange Show, San Francisco, Oakland, Arizona State Fair, The Date Festival, Los Angeles County Fair at Pomona and others. One of his paintings, "Chino Hills" was exhibited in the World's Fair on Treasure Island and was one of three from that show to be reproduced in the "Los Angeles Times" with an excellent review by Arthur Millier the well known art critic.

Frederic is represented in many private collections. The former Security Pacific National Bank purchased four of his works for the Trust Department. During the early year of the Riverside Opera Association, when it was directed by Marcella Craft, Johnston designed, and with the help of a good crew, executed all the stage sets for several years. A limited budget made the job a challenge and many of the sets were painted on wrapping paper. He was receiving wide recognition for his paintings when in 1948 he was stricken and remained in very poor health until his death in 1952.

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Born in Chicago, IL on June 8, 1890. Johnston moved to southern California following service in WWI. He studied architecture at UCLA and Claremont College and painting with Millard Sheets and George Brandriff. For many years he taught art at Riverside College before his death there on March 2, 1953. Exh: Webb Gallery (LA), 1936; San Bernardino AA, 1936; Laguna Beach AA, 1936-48; LACMA, 1937-44; San Diego FA Society, 1938-46; GGIE, 1939; Oakland Art Gallery, 1939, 1941; Calif. WC Society, 1940-43; Compton City Hall, 1941; Calif. Statewide (Santa Cruz), 1945. In: Newport (CA) High School.
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Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
California Arts and Architecture list, 1932; Artists of the American West (Doris Dawdy); Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); Who's Who in American Art 1938-53; Death record.
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.

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