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Lived/Active: California      Known for: landscape, seascape, engraver

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Wisby, Jack (1870-1940)

Jack Wisby was a California artist known for his landscape paintings of Northern California. His detailed painting style reflects his early experience as an engraver.

Wisby was born in London, England in 1870, and by 1897 had relocated to San Francisco, California. There he met and married Mary Anne Fossey and the couple stayed in San Francisco. While in the city, he worked for Shreves (jewelry store) for a few years as an engraver.

He had no formal training in art but often took sketching trips to Yosemite and Lake Tahoe, and created oil paintings from his sketches. His landscape paintings often included a water reflection and were created using a soft brush stroke.

In 1906, following the great San Francisco earthquake and fire, the Wisbys relocated to Marin County. They lived in the town of Inverness, California until 1912, when he built a studio in nearby Bolinas. Although Jack Wibsy lost many of his works in the earthquake disaster, he continued to be a prolific painter and earned a good living as an artist. His paintings from that period often reveal views of the San Geronimo Valley and the Lucas Valley of Marin County.

His work has been exhibited at the Torrance Gallery in San Anselmo in 1960. Jack Wisby died in 1940 in San Rafael , California

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Born in London, England on June 7, 1869. Wisby arrived in San Francisco in 1892 with his fiancée Mary Anne Fossey. For a few years he was an engraver at Shreve's and began painting without benefit of formal art training. At the turn of the century he made many sketching trips to Yosemite and Lake Tahoe. After his studio and many of his early works were lost in the 1906 disaster, he moved across the Golden Gate to Marin County. He lived in Inverness until 1912 when he built a studio in nearby Bolinas. During this period he painted many scenes of Lucas Valley and the San Geronimo hills. Never having to depend on commercial art for income, he made a good living from his paintings. In 1919 he made his final move to a home at 12 Harcourt Street in San Rafael where he lived until his death on Jan. 3, 1940. Wisby is best known for his soft, poetic oils of northern California which often have water reflection. Using small brushstrokes, his style evinces his training as an engraver with great attention given to minute detail. Exh: Berkeley AA, 1905; Torrance Gallery (San Anselmo), 1960 (retrospective). In: San Mateo County Historical Museum.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Marin Independant Journal, 10-15-1960; California Historical Society; Death record.
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