GEORGE K. BRANDRIFF
(1890 - 1935)
Beny Gloe, Blair Atholl, Scotland
Oil on board
Painted in 1929.
On verso: "Painted by 1929/George K. Brandriff/Mrs. George K. Brandriff (widow)/Beny Glow, Blair Atholl- Scotland"
Blair Atholl is about an hour north of where I grew up in Scotland so when I saw this painting, I knew I wanted to have it in my bedroom so I could think back to the hills of Scotland.
About the artist:
Born on Feb. 13, 1890 in Millville, NJ. After moving to Orange, CA in 1913, Brandriff worked as a piano salesman. Shortly after his arrival he enrolled at the USC College of Dentistry and in 1918 opened a dental office in Hemet, CA. Without the benefit of formal training, he had been painting all his life. He later had a few art lessons from Anna Hills, Carl Oscar Borg, Jack Wilkinson Smith, and in 1928 abandoned dentistry to devote full-time to art. After building a studio-home in Laguna Beach, Brandriff taught painting (Orrin White was one of his pupils) and served as president of the local art association. His subject matter included beach scenes, marines, mountain landscapes, still lifes, and figures. Many of his paintings were of the sea and fishermen around the Newport Beach area. Stricken with cancer, his short career ended with his suicide on Aug. 14, 1936 in Laguna Beach. Member: AAPL; Calif. Art Club; Laguna Beach AA (pres. 1934); Foundation of Western Art. Exh: LA County Fair, 1927; Southby Salon (LA), 1927; Painters of the West (LA), 1928, 1929 (silver medal); Exposition Bldg (LA), 1928; Kanst Gallery (LA), 1929; Biltmore Salon (LA), 1929, 1930, 1933, 1936; Calif. State Fair, 1930 (2nd prize); Pasadena Art Institute, 1930, 1933, 1934; USC, 1933; Laguna Museum, 1989 (retrospective). In: Orange Co. (CA) Museum; Phoenix Municipal Collection; USC; Irvine (CA) Museum; LACMA. Murals: Mt Vernon Jr. High School (LA); Jonathan Club (LA); Inglewood (CA) High School; Polytechnic High School (Venice, CA).
Source:åÊEdan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
California Impressionism (Wm. Gerdts & Will South); Plein Air Painters (Ruth Westphal); Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); Artists of the American West (Samuels); Art Digest, 3-15-1931; Los Angeles Times, 4-13-1931; American Art Annual 1933; Painters & Sculptors in California: the Modern Era; So. Calif. Artists, 1890-1940
åÊ; Who's Who in American Art
Collections Include: The Irvine Museum; San Diego Museum of SArt Roswell Museum and Art Center; Phoenix Art Musuem; Los Angeles County Museumof Artg; Laguna Art Museu; Arizona State University Art Museum.