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Otis Oldfield

Theme/Style – Modernism, California Scene, figurative art

Media – Oils, murals, watercolors, lithographs

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; his first solo exhibition was at the Crocker Art Museum, followed by a solo exhibition in 1925 at the San Francisco’s Galerie Beaux-Arts.
• In 1928, Oldfield was offered two critically acclaimed one-man shows, one year apart, 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 such as Ralph Stackpole, 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.