Russell Dale Moffett

Russell Dale Moffett (1899-1984) - Male Nude Study 1973 P3001

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An outsider artist full of passion and ambition, Moffett was a  self-taught and prolific house-painter-turned-muralist. Some of his work still survives on the walls of bars and restaurants, hula girls and surfers often his stock-in-trade. This fine study is proof of what beyond those commissions he aspired to.

Art measures 20" x 24", frame 28 1/2" x 33 1/2".

Russell Dale Moffett (1899-1984) was an American artist and muralist, active in the San Diego and Tijuana areas from the 1930s through the 1960s.

He was born on September 23, 1899 to Robert and Myrtle Moffett. He grew up in and was educated in Connersville, Indiana. High school wasn’t apparently for him though – he dropped out after ninth grade and soon joined the U.S. Navy.

While stationed at Indianapolis, he met and married Pearl Vivian Neimyer. The young couple lived in an apartment behind her parent’s home. He was sent to France, and soon their marriage ended.

The tall, ruddy Scotsman worked with paint – in the 1920s he worked part-time as a house painter. At some point, he became an artist on his own accord, picking up commissions whenever he could.

In 1932 he married a dancer, Wilma Millicent Metlin, in Long Beach. She was a soloist with Dorothea Kanzler Concert Dancers. They settled in San Diego, where he was stationed in the navy on USS Saratoga.

By 1936, Moffett was divorced and still in San Diego. The next year he was an listed as an artist by profession, married to Dolores _____. Throughout the subsequent years, though, he’s listed as living alone. Confirmed bachelor, or tortured artist in and out of work? On the 1940 Federal Census, he admitted that he’d only been employed for half the previous year.

His career as a commercial artist and muralist lasted into the 1970s when he retired. He died at the ripe old age of 85 on September 8, 1984 in San Diego.

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