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Wayne Thiebaud River Sides, 2007

Wayne Thiebaud
River Sides, 2007
Oil on canvas
47 7/8 x 59 7/8 inches

Wayne Thiebaud Large Pool, 2006

Wayne Thiebaud
Large Pool, 2006
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 60 inches

Wayne Thiebaud Candy Sticks, 1964-1980/99

Wayne Thiebaud
Candy Sticks, 1964-1980/99
Watercolor over etching
Image: 4 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches
Sheet: 14 7/8 x 11 1/8 inches
Framed: 17 x 14 1/8 x 1 inches

Wayne Thiebaud Palm Ridge, 1977-78

Wayne Thiebaud
Palm Ridge, 1977-78
Oil on canvas
60 x 48 inches

Wayne Thiebaud Cherry Tarts, 1965-76

Wayne Thiebaud
Cherry Tarts, 1965-76
Oil on canvas
16 1/8 x 17 7/8 inches

Wayne Thiebaud Untitled (Cupcakes), 1999

Wayne Thiebaud
Untitled (Cupcakes), 1999
Pastel on paper
8 7/8 x 10 13/16 inches

Wayne Thiebaud Color Study "Neighborhood Ridge", 1983-84 / 2000

Wayne Thiebaud
Color Study "Neighborhood Ridge", 1983-84 / 2000
Pastel over etching
Image: 13 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches
Framed: 22 3/4 x 18 3/4 x 1 3/8 inches

Wayne Thiebaud Black Suckers (from Seven Still Lifes and a Silver Landscape), 1971

Wayne Thiebaud
Black Suckers (from Seven Still Lifes and a Silver Landscape), 1971
Aquatint
17 1/2 x 21 3/4 inches
Edition of 50

Wayne Thiebaud White Chocolate, 2014

Wayne Thiebaud
White Chocolate, 2014
Direct gravure printed in brown
Plate: 4 3/4 x 6 1/4 inches
Sheet: 9 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches
Edition of 35
 

Biography

Wayne Thiebaud was born Mesa, Arizona in 1920, and his family soon moved to Los Angeles in 1921. In high school he became interested in stage design and lighting, and worked part-time at a movie theater where he made posters for lobby displays, 1935-1938. During this time he also worked as a summer apprentice program in the animation department of Walt Disney Studios, 1936. From 1942 to 1945, Thiebaud served in the Air Force, assigned to the Special Services Department as an artist and cartoonist, and eventually transferred to the First Air Force Motion Picture Unit, commanded by Ronald Reagan. It is not difficult to detect the influence that this commercial experience had on his later paintings attributed to Pop Art; Thiebaud's characteristic work displays consumer objects such as pies and cakes as they are seen in drug store windows. Thiebaud uses heavy pigment and exaggerated colors to depict his subjects, and the well-defined shadows characteristic of advertisements are almost always included. Objects are simplified into basic units but appear varied using seemingly minimal means. From 1949 to 1950, Thiebaud studied at the San Jose State University and from 1950 to 1953 at the California State University in Sacramento. He had his first solo exhibition at the Crocker Art Gallery in Sacramento, and between the years of 1954 and 1957, he produced eleven educational films for which he was awarded the Scholastic Art Prize in 1961. Thiebaud lectured at the Art Department of the Sacramento City College until 1959, when he became a professor at the University of California in Davis. Today, Wayne Thiebaud lives and works in California.