This extremely lively beach scene is the work of Donald Spencer and repays careful study as a subtly humorous take on the manners and mores of the fabled Southern California seaside arts colony. Delicately coded, tolerant, amused, satiric and bursting with vitality, executed with supreme ease and self confidence, it recalls the best of Reginald Marsh in the Thirties, transposed into a Sixties Southern Cali key.
Framed 32″ x 28″.
Donald H Spencer was born in 1936 in Los Angeles. At seventeen he won the LA Examiner cartoon competition for 1953 and went on to study with Carl Hubenthal, the Examiner’s sports illustrator. He was awarded a Saturday Scholarship at the Chouinard Art Institute which permitted him to take figure drawing classes while attending Redondo High. Upon graduation he was offered three art scholarships, to Chouinard, Pepperdine and Otis Art Institute. He chose the latter, which brought him into contact with the great Millard Sheets, studying there for four years and then enrolling at El Camino College for a year for academic subjects and subsequently going on to UCLA, graduating from there with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and the following year from Otis, receiving his MFA, thereafter combining the careers of commercial arist, designer and fine artist with immediate and ongoing success. . (Three firsts at the South Bay Art Association Fifth Annual Exhibition is fairly typical of his career from the outset.) After a youthful period of adventurous world travel, he married and settled down in Manhattan Beach to raise a family there, where he still lives.