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Richmond Irwin Kelsey, (American, 1905-1987)

untitled (Two Sailboats)

Color woodblock print. Signed on bottom margin in pencil at left, Richmond I. Kelsey, numbered at center, no. 15, and dated at right, 1929.

21.3 by 15.8 cm

Richmond Irwin Kelsey was born in San Diego, California in 1905. He studied at the Otis Art Institute and the Los Angeles Art Center School, where he began painting and exhibiting watercolors and oils. He then enrolled at the Santa Barbara School of Art under Frank Morley Fletcher (1866-1949), from whom he learned woodblock printmaking. Kelsey produced a series of woodblock prints early in his career, and joined the staff at Santa Barbara in the 1930's. In 1938 he became an Art Director at the Walt Disney Studios where he painted backgrounds for animation films. He was also a children's book author and illustrator.

Kelsey was a member of the California Watercolor Society, American Watercolor Society, San Diego Artist's Guild, Santa Barbara Art League, and the California Printmakers Society. He exhibited his works at the California State Fair, the San Diego Exposition in 1935, Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego (now the San Diego Museum of Art), and the Smithsonian Institute.


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