Art Riley Nocturnal View of Gwinn’s Of Pasadena, Illustration 1953
A stunning and stylish nocturnal scene of the now long gone Gwinn’s of Pasadena, California. Dated 1953 on back as well as some attached memorabilia from the restaurant. Unusual rendering of Pasadena on a rare rainy night with patrons fleeing the onslaught of an approaching storm. Image is 13 x 17 signed and stamp dated on back most likely for use as a poster or other advertisement.
Biography provided courtesy of “California Watercolors 1850-1970” By Gordon T. McClelland and Jay T. Last.
Art Riley (1911-1998)… Born: Boston, MA
Studied: Art Center School (Los Angeles)
Member: California Water Color Society, American Watercolor Society.
Art Riley settled in the Los Angeles area in the early 1930s. He studied watercolor painting with Barse Miller and then began working at the Walt Disney Studios. For nearly thirty years, he produced art work for animated feature films including background watercolors for Cinderella, Pinocchio, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and other classic Disney productions. When Disneyland was created in the 1950s, he painted watercolor illustrations showing what the park would look like.For many years, Riley also produced fine art watercolors that he exhibited nationally. They often depicted regional scenes near his home in Burbank and his second home on the Monterey Peninsula.