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 Vivian Felicia Stringfield  (1882 - 1933)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: landscape, illustrator

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from Alicia Vanden Heuvel, great-grand niece of the artist:

1) Vivian Felicia Stringfield
2) Born 11-06-1881 San Luis Obispo, California
3) Died 10-25-1933, Los Angeles, CA.
4) Lived in Los Angeles, California
5) Subject-Landscape
6) Style: California Arts and Crafts, Influenced by Japanese Block Prints
7) Method: Oil, Watercolor, Embroidery, Drawing, Printmaking
8) Book other than those already listed on AskArt
"Women Artists in America- Eighteenth Century to the Present", J.L. Collins, M.F.A., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
9) Periodical:
a- Los Angeles Times, June 2, 1918, 3-16-3 to 5
10) Special Awards and Exhibitions.
a- Exhibit of Decorative Landscapes, Los Angeles Museum, May 1-31, 1918
b-Exhibit of Decorative Landscapes, Los Angeles Museum, April 1-30, 1919
c- Bronze Medal, Panama-California Exposition, San Diego, 1915


Vivian F. Stringfield was born in San Luis Obispo and raised in California. Her parents were early settlers of San Luis Obispo and later Pomona. She and her family moved to Los Angeles while she was still a child, and she lived in Los Angeles until her death in 1933.

She graduated from Los Angeles High School, then graduated from U.C. Berkeley. In 1911 she studied art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She also studied at the Mark Hopkins Institute and at the Art Students League in New York City, with Ralph H. Johonnot and Douglas Donaldson. She later studied under Stanton McDonald Wright in Los Angeles.

She was an art teacher in the Los Angeles and Pasadena School Systems for many years. She exhibited in 1918 and 1919 at the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science, and Art and at the Battey Gallery in 1918. She was a member of the National Art Association, the Los Angeles Art Teachers Association, the Boston Society of Arts & Crafts, and the Chicago Art Guild.

She never married, traveled all over the United States and Europe, had her own car, and was a great outdoors-person. She also had a greeting card business with Marjorie Hodges and Fannie Kerns called "House of K.H.S." The greeting cards were of limited production. Each one was a piece of art, a print or illustration designed and then hand painted by the artists.

Her work is very much in the style of the California Arts and Crafts Movement. Her landscapes contain flat, muted colors, and you can see the influence of Japanese block prints. Her work seems to have been influenced by Ralph Johonnot, Stanton McDonald Wright, and perhaps Arthur Wesley Dow. Her work is also very much of California. She painted seascapes, native trees and plants, rolling hills, the Sierras, mountain pines, and other subjects which were local to her native California.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in California in 1882. Stringfield studied at the Mark Hopkins Institute, Pratt Institute, ASL in NYC, with Ralph Johonnot and Douglas Donaldson. By 1918 she was an art teacher in Pasadena and was active in Los Angeles until her death on Oct. 25, 1933. Exh: Panama-Calif. Int'l Expo (San Diego), 1915 (bronze medal); Battey Gallery (Pasadena), 1918; LACMA, 1918, 1919 (solos); Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1920, 1926; Art Teachers of So. Calif., 1925; Zeitlin Book Store (LA), 1929; Calif. Art Club, 1929; Hollywood Library, 1932.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
American Art Annual 1919-33; Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers (Fielding, Mantle); Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); City Directory; California Arts and Architecture list, 1932.
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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