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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.

Wayne Thiebaud
Exhibition
Wayne Thiebaud
October 16 - November 28, 2020
Looking Back: 45 Years
Exhibition
Looking Back: 45 Years
October 8 - December 19, 2015
Summer Show 2013
Exhibition
Summer Show 2013
August 1 - August 31, 2013
Wayne Thiebaud
Exhibition
Wayne Thiebaud
Paintings and Pastels May 23 – July 7, 2012
The Art of Giving
Exhibition
The Art of Giving
December 9, 2010 – January 19, 2011
The Road to Here
Exhibition
The Road to Here
Robert Bechtle, Ed Ruscha, Wayne Thiebaud, Zoe Crosher, Dave Muller, and Jonas Wood Curated by Nicole Archibeque February 23 – March 20, 2010
Abstract and Figurative
Exhibition
Abstract and Figurative
Highlights of Bay Area Painting January 8 – February 28, 2009
Wayne Thiebaud
Exhibition
Wayne Thiebaud
Prints June 23 – July 30, 2005
Wayne Thiebaud
Publication
Wayne Thiebaud
Abstract and Figurative: Highlights of Bay Area Painting
Publication
Abstract and Figurative: Highlights of Bay Area Painting
Wayne Thiebaud | "Having His Cake and Eating It, Too"
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Wayne Thiebaud | "Having His Cake and Eating It, Too"
Alta | By Jessica Zack October 12, 2020
Wayne Thiebaud | "Wayne Thiebaud saw the streets of San Francisco like no one else"
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Wayne Thiebaud | "Wayne Thiebaud saw the streets of San Francisco like no one else"
San Francisco Chronicle | By Sam Whiting October 7, 2020
Wayne Thiebaud | "Of course Wayne Thiebaud is planning to paint on his 100th birthday"
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Wayne Thiebaud | "Of course Wayne Thiebaud is planning to paint on his 100th birthday"
San Francisco Chronicle | By Sam Whiting October 7, 2020
Wayne Thiebaud's "Double Scoop" | The New Yorker
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Wayne Thiebaud's "Double Scoop" | The New Yorker
Cover Story by Françoise Mouly August 10, 2020
Conversation between John Berggruen and Kathryn Widing on Wayne Thiebaud
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Conversation between John Berggruen and Kathryn Widing on Wayne Thiebaud
Hosted by Christie's June 30, 2020
Wayne Thiebaud | Crown Point Press
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Wayne Thiebaud | Crown Point Press
Announcing a New Video June 30, 2020
John Berggruen Gallery turned into art museum of great works
Press
John Berggruen Gallery turned into art museum of great works
SF Chronicle October 12, 2015
Wayne Thiebaud and the Art of Longevity
2014
Wayne Thiebaud and the Art of Longevity
The Wall Street Journal October 2, 2014