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 Wilfrid Provan  (1923 - 1991)

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted April 2004, is from David Provan, son of the artist.

Wilfrid K. Provan was born in Philadelphia in 1923 and, at an early age, moved with his family to California. Completing high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines and saw action in the western Pacific during World War II.

Returning to California after the war he attended the School of Allied Arts in Glendale on the G.I. Bill, studying with Charles Payzant and Arthur Beaumont. By 1952 he was living in Palo Alto with his wife and three children and developing a reputation as a skilled watercolorist and documenter of California marine and farm scenes. Many of his paintings are closely-observed, plein-air renderings of boats and the coastline around the San Francisco Bay Area.

His paintings won numerous awards in California exhibitions, including the National Veterans' Art Exhibit (1949, -50); the Santa Cruz Annual Statewide Show (1954, -62,-64, -65, -68, -70, -73); and the Santa Clara County Fair Exhibition (1953, -54, -58, -66).

Provan was a member and First Vice-President of the Society of Western Artists and a member of the American Artist Professional League. He died in 1991 in Mountain View, California.

Biography from American Eagle Fine Art:
Wilfred Provan, (b. 1923), in Philadelphia, PA;

Studied; School of Allied Artists (Glendale);

Member: Society of Western Artists.

Wilfred Provan grew up in California and studied watercolor painting with Charles Payzant and Arthur Beaumont in Glendale. Since the late 1940's, he has lived in San Francisco and has divided his time between working as a commercial artist and producing fine art watercolor paintings.

Biographical information: Interview with Wilfred Provan, 1984.
From: California Watercolors 1850-1970, by Gordon McClelland and Jay T. Last, 2002.

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