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 Dorothy Winslade  (1898 - 1973)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: landscape, cityscape, figure, still-life painter

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Born on the Isle of Wight, England on March 9, 1898. Winslade immigrated to the U.S. in 1924. In 1934 she wed artist Oswald Kurman and settled in Millbrae near San Francisco. She studied at the CSFA and was most active as an artist during the 1930s and 1940s. During WWII she sketched and painted servicemen at the USO. The Kurmans made two trips to Europe and in 1970 settled in Santa Cruz, CA where she remained until her demise on Oct. 26, 1973. Her unique style often imbued inanimate objects and landscapes with anthropomorphic form. Member: SF Women Artists; SFAA. Exh: Oakland Art Gallery, 1932, 1939, 1940; Santa Cruz Art League, 1934; GGIE, 1939; San Bruno Public Library, 1956 (solo), 1994 (retrospective).
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Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Santa Cruz Sentinel, 10-28-1973 (obituary).
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Biography from Spencer Jon Helfen Fine Arts:
An extremely versatile artist, Dorothy Winslade worked in oils, gouaches, and watercolors to create bold, richly colored landscapes of the California coast and hills, cityscapes of San Francisco, as well as wonderful still lifes. Her unique style also lent itself to dreamlike paintings containing elements of fantasy and anthropomorphic forms. She was equally adept at the difficult medium of drypoint etchings, which she printed herself, and whose moods ranged from whimsical innocence to pointed satire.

Dorothy Winslade was born on the Isle of Wight, England, in 1898. No doubt influenced by her watercolorist father, Winslade studied in London and then in Paris, after volunteer service in Queen Mary's Auxiliary Army Corps during World War I.

Dorothy Winslade came to the U.S. in 1924 and studied at the University of California Extension and the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco. There she met her future husband, Oswald Kurman, who himself became a well known Bay Area artist. They were married in 1934, but Dorothy kept her maiden name throughout her life.

Most active in the 1930s and 1940s, Winslade often exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Oakland Art Gallery, the Oakland Museum, and the San Francisco Society of Women Artists. She was also active in the San Francisco Art Association, and she exhibited at the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939.

In 1951 Dorothy Winslade and Oswald Kurman moved to Millbrae, south of San Francisco, and became active members of the Peninsula Art Association. After making two trips to Europe, Winslade and Kurman settled in Santa Cruz, California, in 1970, where Dorothy passed away in 1973.

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