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 Don Louis Perceval  (1908 - 1979)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: western scene and desert landscape painting, illustration

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Woodford, Essex, England, Don Perceval became a noted Southwest painter of landscape and its dwellers.

His art talent was encouraged by his mother, a recognized painter in England.  His family moved to Los Angeles, California where he was raised, and he became fascinated by the early history of the state.  He attended the Pasadena Military Academy and Chouinard Art School where he was a student of Nelbert Chouinard and F.T. Chamberlain.

By age 19, he was making sketching trips into the desert, and in 1927 was first in Arizona where he became enamored of Hopi and Navajo Indians and their way of life and traditions.  He began illustrating books and became an expert in the history of cattle brands and horsemen's equipment.

In his late 20s, he returned to England to study at Heatherly Art School and the Royal College of Art.  Here he was exposed for the first time to great collections of paintings and was inspired by classic art.  He also went to Madrid, Spain for four years, and then returned to the Southwest where he did advertising for the Rio Grande Oil Company.

During World War II, he served in the Royal Navy patrolling the Thames Estuary and teaching gunnery, which he did with much acclaim by using cartoons.  He then returned to California.  At the advice of Millard Sheets, he taught at Chouinard Art School and Pomona College, where he organized the centennial celebration of the school.

In 1952, he lived in Arizona with the Hopi Tribe and in Tucson from 1954 to 1959 where he grew to love the paintings of Maynard Dixon.  He illustrated numerous children's books including for writers Ann Nolan Clark and Will Hayes.  He spent his last years in Santa Barbara.

Sources:
Ed Ainsworth, The Cowboy in Art
Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Woodford, Essex, England on Jan. 8, 1908, Don Perceval moved to Los Angeles with his family when quite young.  He attended the Pasadena Military Academy before initiating art studies at the Chouinard Art School under Nelbert Chouinard and Frank T. Chamberlin.

He began making sketching trips into the nearby deserts and illustrated his first book at age 19.  After 1930 he returned to England for further study at the Heatherly Art School and the Royal College of Art.  In the late 1930s he made a second trip to Europe; when WWII erupted he enlisted in the Royal Navy and served for the duration.

After the war he returned to Altadena, CA and taught at Chouinard's and Pomona College.  Perceval was made a member of the Hopi tribe in 1952 and lived in Tucson, AZ from 1954-59. I n 1959 he settled in Santa Barbara, CA where he remained until his demise on May 13, 1979.

His forte was desert and western subjects.

Member: Pasadena Society of Artists; The Westerners; LA Corral. Southwest Museum (LA), 1949; Cowle Gallery (LA), 1950.

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Santa Fe Railway.
Source:
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Interview with the artist or his/her family; Artists of the American West (Samuels); The Cowboy in Art (Ainsworth); California State Library (Sacramento).
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.

Biography from Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery Santa FeTucson:
Don Louis Perceval was born to an artist mother in Woodford, Essex, England in 1908. He was raised in Los Angeles, where Don Perceval attended the Pasadena Military Academy and Chouinard Art Institute. By the age of 19 Don Perceval had begun taking sketching trips to the desert, reaching Arizona first in 1927 and becoming taken with the way of life of the Hopi and Navajo.

Don Perceval returned to England for a time, studying at the Royal Academy in London and becoming exposed to classical art for the first time. From there he went to Spain and then back to the American southwest on a commission to create advertisements for the Rio Grande Oil Company. During the Second World War, Don Perceval served with the Royal Navy on a patrol boat in the Thames Estuary and by creating a cartoon manual to teach gunnery to cadets.

The end of the war meant a return to the States, and Don Percevall settled in California again, teaching at the Chouinard Art School and Pomona College. In the 1950s he traveled extensively in Arizona, living with Hopi tribes in 1952 and in Tucson from 1954 to 1959. Don Perceval's final years were in Santa Barbara, CA, where he died in 1979.

Biography from William A. Karges Fine Art - Beverly Hills:
Don Louis Perceval was born in Essex, England, in 1908 to an artist mother. The family moved to Los Angeles where Perceval attended the Pasadena Military Academy and Chouinard Art Institute. Further study was at the Royal Academy in London, as well as the Heatherly Art School.

Drawn to the desert for inspiration, Perceval made frequent trips to Arizona, becoming a scholar in the traditions of the Hopi and Navajo Indians. Stylistically similar to Maynard Dixon, Perceval’s Southwest works drew upon his life’s experiences. In the 1950’s Perceval lived with the Hopi Tribe in Arizona. His last years were spent in Santa Barbara, California, where he died in 1979.

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