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Otis Oldfield
1890-1969

Theme/Style – Modernism, California Scene, figurative art

Media – Oils, murals, watercolors, lithographs, etchings

Artistic Focus – Otis Oldfield, who developed a style that was considered both international and Modernist, is best remembered for his striking depictions of Telegraph Hill, the Embarcadero and San Francisco Bay, among some of California scene painting’s finest works. That reputation is augmented by his recognition as a forceful figural painter.

Career Highlights –

• Oldfield spent ten years in Europe, where he studied and experimented with a number of emerging styles – among them Cubism, Dadaism, Fauvism, Impressionism and Surrealism.
• Oldfield returned to San Francisco in 1924, and in 1925 San Francisco’s Galerie Beaux-Arts presented Oldfield’s first exhibition.
• In 1928, Oldfield was offered a critically acclaimed one-man show in New York City.
• As a resident of San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill for much of his life, Otis Oldfield shared his artistic vision with such luminaries as painters Lucien Labaudt and Maynard Dixon, photographers Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, sculptors Ralph Stackpole and Beniamino Bufano, and architect Timothy Pfluger.
• His later work took on a highly abstract feeling by evoking expressionistic, dreamlike images.

The Gallery proudly represents the Estate of Otis Oldfield.

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