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|Born in Kensington, England on April 9, 1900, Albert Stewart studied in
NYC at the Beaux Arts Institute of Design, the Art Students League, and
with Paul Manship. In 1939,he moved to California and joined the
faculty at Scripps College, a position he held until shortly before his
death in Claremont on Sept. 23, 1965. |
NSS; ANA, 1937; NA, 1945.
Exh: NAD, 1927 (gold medal), 1931 (prize); NY World’s Fair, 1939; GGIE,
1939; LA Co. Fair, 1940, 1949 (prizes); Pasadena Art Inst., 1948 (1st
In: Fogg Museum (Harvard); Los Angeles Co. Courthouse; MM; Buffalo (NY)
City Hall; Dept. of Labor (Washington, DC); U.S. Mint (San Francisco);
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Contemporary American Sculpture; Who's Who in American Art 1936-66.
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|Biography from Spencer Jon Helfen Fine Arts:|
|A revered American sculptor as well as a beloved teacher and active
member of the Southern California art community, Albert Stewart was
described by a colleague as “always happiest when he had a chisel in
his hand or a ball of clay.” The recipient of more than 50 major
architectural commissions, Stewart created works that reflected his
interest in the disciplined sculpture of Egypt, early Greece, and the
Romanesque period while still being unmistakably Modernist – a vital
part of the time and place in which they were created. |
Kensington, England in 1900, Albert Theodore Stewart was living in New
York City by the 1920s, where he studied at the Beaux-Arts Institute of
Design, the Art Students League, and with Paul Manship. While still in
his 20s, Stewart exhibited at the National Academy of Design in 1927,
winning a gold medal; opened his own sculpture exhibition in his New
York studio; and exhibited his polar bear sculpture Silver King
in the National Sculpture Society’s 1929 All-American Exhibition of
Contemporary Sculpture at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor
in San Francisco, in the company of Robert Aitken, Alexander Stirling
Calder, Jacques Schnier, Peterpaul Ott, and others. Stewart again
exhibited at the National Academy of Design in 1931, and later at New
York’s Ferargil Galleries and in a solo show at Arden Gallery, where he
exhibited small bronzes, garden and architectural sculpture, and
drawings of animals.
Stewart moved to California in 1939 to join
the faculty at Scripps College in Claremont, a position he was to hold
for nearly the rest of his
life. Stewart exhibited in California at San Francisco’s 1939 Golden
Gate International Exposition, the Los Angeles County Fair in 1940 and
1949, and the Pasadena Art Institute in 1948 (winning a First
Prize). In 1955 his sculpture Crucifixion was included in
an exhibition as part of the Bishop Kip-Fort Miller Centennial
celebration at St. James’ Episcopal Cathedral in Fresno. Among
the other artists exhibited were Margaret Bruton, Beniamino Bufano,
Ruth Cravath, Francis de Erdely, Lucien Labaudt, Rico Lebrun, Jacques
Schnier, and Millard Sheets.
Stewart’s work was included in the 1940 exhibition “Drawings by
Contemporary American Sculptors” at the Washington County Museum of
Fine Arts in Hagerstown, MD, along with the work of Alexander
Archipenko, Alexander Calder, Chaim Gross, Gaston Lachaise, Paul
Manship, Mahonri Young, William Zorach, and others.
1930s onward Stewart executed a large number of commissioned public
statues, bas-reliefs, and sculptured friezes. Many were at sites
in and around Los Angeles, including the County Courthouse (which also
included reliefs by Donal Hord), the Life Sciences Building at UCLA,
the Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial, the Scottish Rite Temple, the
California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Scripps College in
Claremont, numerous banks and churches, as well as at Hollywood Park in
Inglewood, where in 1958 Stewart’s bronze statue of the racehorse Swaps
and his jockey Willie Shoemaker was unveiled. In Northern
California, Stewart executed works for the San Francisco Mint and the
Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley.
Outside of California,
Stewart’s public sculptural work was commissioned in many cities across
the U.S., including a 27-foot-high heroic female figure for the 1939
New York World’s Fair and a sundial in the city’s Central Park; as well
as in St. Paul, Washington D.C., Chicago, Kansas City, and Dallas; and
in Europe Stewart’s works are at the American Battle Monument in
Thiaucourt, France and the Refugee Memorial in Gouda, the
Netherlands. Stewart also carved the mahogany legs for the White
House in 1938 when Franklin Roosevelt was President. He also
designed a radiator cap for the Packard Automobile Company.
the late 1940s, with little or no construction experience, Stewart
built his own home and studio in the Claremont, California area.
Henry Lee McFee, who was then a professor of painting at Scripps
College, helped choose the interior and exterior colors.
1963, two years before his passing in Claremont, a major Albert Stewart
retrospective exhibition was held at Lang Art Building at Scripps
College, including sculptures in wood and plaster, as well as drawings.
In 1973 Chaffey Community College in Rancho Cucamonga, California paid
a posthumous tribute to Stewart with a retrospective exhibition of 20
of his sculptural works.
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