Theme/Style Modernism, Abstraction, figurative art
Media Oils, tempera, watercolors, etchings, engravings
Artistic Focus Extremely sophisticated in both color and composition, Jean Kellogg's work clearly reflects the influence of the experimental modernist aesthetic practiced by East Coast American artists as well as European émigrés such as Fernand Léger.
• Jean Kellogg was born in Berkeley, California, in 1910.
• Kellogg studied at the Art Students League in New York City, the Yale School of Fine Arts, and in Washington, DC at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Phillips Memorial Gallery. She later had further instruction from Henry Varnum Poor, Clifford Beal, and Karl Knaths.
• Kellogg returned to California in 1931, settling in her family’s summer home in Carmel Highlands. There she began a long apprenticeship with Paul Dougherty, during which she painted mainly marines and landscapes.
• During the 1930s and 1940s Kellogg was active among the artists of the Monterey Peninsula, and was photographed by Edward Weston and Sonya Noskowiak.
• Kellogg also worked with Fernand Léger during his tenure as guest instructor at Mills College in Oakland, and a still-life painting Kellogg executed at the time bears a note on the back describing Léger’s participation in her painting of the piece.
• Kellogg had one-woman shows at the Lucien Labaudt and Alexandre Rabow Galleries in San Francisco, as well as at the County Art Gallery in Westbury, Long Island.
• During the 1950s Kellogg worked mainly as an etcher, executing the original etchings for a limited edition of Robinson Jeffers’s The Loving Shepherdess.
• Kellogg’s work is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Norfolk Museum in Virginia, and the Phillips Memorial Gallery in Washington, DC.
• In 1960 Jean Kellogg married artist James Dickie. She maintained her own gallery in Carmel Valley, and passed away at her home in Monterey in 1995.
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