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Elmer Stanhope

Theme/Style – Figurative art, still lifes

Media – Oils, watercolors

Artistic Focus – Elmer Stanhope was a modernist. His still life compositions are bright and pleasing, while reflecting a solid understanding of composition and color.

Career Highlights –

• Born in Berkeley, California, Elmer Stanhope studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and pursued an art degree from San Jose State College. He then settled in Hayward, California, where he shared a studio with fellow artist Will Frates.
• One of the earliest known presentations of Stanhope’s work occurred at the Santa Cruz Art League exhibition in 1938.
• After serving in World War II, Stanhope returned to Hayward, taking a job as an artist for the Hayward Water District while continuing to paint during his free time. His works were exhibited by the Hayward Art Association throughout the 1940s, and at the Alameda County Fair in 1948, where he received first prize.
• Stanhope's life and career were cut short by a heart attack, suffered in Newport Beach, California, in 1956.