Clarence Hinkle

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Clarence Hinkle
 
Written by Janet Blake and Susan M. Anderson
 
Hard Cover
 
175 Pages
 
Full Color
 
© 2012 Laguna Art Museum
 

The artist Clarence Keiser Hinkle (1880-1960) was described by one of his peers as "a man in love with painting." Throughout his career, Hinkle exhibited frequently and developed strong ties to the art communities of Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, and Santa Barbara. According to the many students he inspired, among them Millard Sheets and Phil Dike, he had a boundless enthusiasm for painting and a willingness to experiment with new ideas and methods, and in 1929 was hailed as "one of the leaders among the modernists in Southern California."

 

Janet Blake's definitive study of Hinkle's art and life - published in conjunction with the artist's retrospective at Laguna Art Museum - illustrates the rich variety of his work and the range of his subject matter, as displayed in his landscapes, portraits, figure works, and still lifes. Blake reveals that Hinkle's versatile style and personal vision were far from static, as he moved from an impressionist technique to modernist experiments with expressive brushstrokes and arresting color relationships that expressed the spirit of the times.