to review some of the paintings we've recently purchased by
Tom Craig (1909-1969)
Born: Upland, CA
Studied: Pomona College (California), University of California (Berkeley), University of Southern California
Member: California Water Color Society, Philadelphia Water Color Society.
Thomas Craig was born and raised near Los Angeles. After studying botany at the University California (Berkeley), he received art instruction from E Tolles Chamberlin, Clarence Hinkle and Millard Sheets in Southern California.
Craig's innovative watercolors helped earn him a Guggenheim Fellowship in the early 1940s, which supported a painting trip across America. After serving as a war artist in World War 11, Craig stopped painting and went back to his botanical interests.
Although he actively painted and exhibited for only about twenty years, Tom Craig played an important role in the development of the California Style of watercolor painting. His works were exhibited in many important shows including the California Group traveling exhibitions.
Tom Craig biography posted with permission of “California Watercolors 1850-1970” by Gordon T. McClelland and Jay T. Last. Copyright Hillcrest Press, Inc. 2002.