American Art Museum : Wayne Thiebaud

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Wayne Thiebaud was born 1920 in Mesa, Arizona. Six months after his birth, Thiebaud’s family moved to California, where he would spend most of his life. Growing up in a Mormon community Wayne felt that he had a beneficial childhood, although he would eventually leave the community. Thiebaud worked as a Cartoonist, served in the military, and it wasn’t until later in life that his passion for painting emerged. Thiebaud’s paintings range from cityscapes, to portraits and still lifes. The Smithsonian American Art Museum notes how Wayne, ‘became one of the most well-known Pop artists in America.’(Joann Moser;) After examining his work, I feel it is unfair to call Wayne a Pop Artist because it does not involve reproduction, and does not incorporate features of mass media, popular culture, or advertising. He depicts what he experiences in the real world, and draws on features of everyday life. Through the use of bright colors, textured strokes, and varying perspective Wayne Thiebaud creates works of art which arouse and inspire emotion. On November 1st, 2015 I had the privilege of seeing one of Wayne’s pieces entitled ‘Urban Square’ in the Oakland museum of California. The piece was done with oil on canvas in 1980 and depicts some of San Francisco’s many beautiful features. Growing up I was always surrounded by art, whether through school classes or engagements with my family. My Aunt is an artist, and we often would implement her work around our home. I remember when I was

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