JADE FON OIL 1935/40 - OIL PAINTING ON WOOD PANEL -HOLLYWOOD PORTRAIT - LISTED
Current price $575.00
Listing type Chinese
Location Mill Valley, California 94941 US
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Seller sunrisearts (1425)
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Size Medium (up to 36in.)
Region Of Origin US
Artist JADE FON
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Painting Surface Wood
Date Of Creation 1900-1949
Features Framed, Signed
JADE FON OIL 1935/40 - HOLLYWOOD PORTRAIT - LISTED
JADE FON OIL PAINTING ON WOOD PANEL 1935/40 - HOLLYWOOD PORTRAIT - LISTED
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Original oil on wood panel by Jade Fon ( Woo ) 1911 - 1983: signed lower left " Jade Fon " and inscribed verso in pencil " Return to Hollywood Studio ": circa 1935/40: image / panel size: 18 x14 inches: framed in its original custom ornate gilt wood frame: frame size: 23 1/2 x 25 x 19 inches.
FOUNDER OF A WELL-KNOWN WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP IN ASILOMAR, CALIFORNIA, JADE FON BECAME A CALIFORNIA PLEIN-AIR* PAINTER WHOSE WORK COMBINED ORIENTAL INFLUENCES AND REGIONALISM CALLED "CALIFORNIA STYLE*." HIS SUBJECTS RANGE FROM CITYSCAPES TO WILDLIFE AND PORTRAITURE. IN THE ART WORLD, HE WAS CALLED "JADE FON", ALTHOUGH HIS FULL NAME WAS JADE FON WOO.
A PROLIFIC WATERCOLOR ARTIST, FON WAS ALSO KNOWN FOR HIS BOLD PORTRAITS IN OILS WHICH BEAUTIFULLY CAPTURED THE CHARACTER OF HIS SUBJECTS. OILS BY FON ARE RARE. THIS WORK WAS DONE IN THE 1930S DURING THE PERIOD WHEN FON WORKED FOR THE HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS. IT'S LIKELY THAT THE PORTRAIT IS OF SOMEONE INVOLVED IN THE MOVIE INDUSTRY.
Jade Fon Woo was born in San Jose, California and was raised in Winslow, Arizona and attended the University of Arizona at Flagstaff before continuing his higher education at the University of New Mexico. In the 1930s, he moved back to California where he attended the Art Students League in Los Angeles and exhibited with the California Water Color Society.
Fon's first job was as a waiter in his uncle's restaurant, but by the 1930s he had moved to Los Angeles, where he worked in Hollywood film studios as a scenic artist where he created sets including for Gone With The Wind. In the 1940s, an extended strike in Hollywood precipitated his move to San Francisco. While continuing to paint actively, in San Francisco he was employed for a few years as a singer and emcee at the well-known Forbidden City nightclub on Sutter Street, sometimes creating watercolors and oils of patrons and performers.
The smoky club atmosphere aggravated his asthma, prompting Fon to shift to teaching, which he did for thirty years at Diablo Valley College, and ultimately he moved to Pacheco, near the town of Martinez. He also founded and taught highly successful workshops at Asilomar, near Carmel, for over twenty years. ( REF: Hughes: Chang / Stanford University Press ).
A member of f the Society of Western Artists.and the California Watercolor Society, his works are represented in numerous private and public collections.
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