Wayne Thiebaud is an American still life painter known for his bright and colorful paintings of everyday objects such as cake, pies, lipsticks, ice cream cones, and even hotdogs.
Who is Wayne Thiebaud?
Wayne Thiebaud was born in Mesa, Arizona in 1920, growing up during the Great Depression. While he was still a baby, his family moved to Los Angeles, California and would spend most of his childhood in Long Beach, California. He also spent some of his childhood on his uncle’s ranch in Utah.
A Start in Art
His art career started in the theater world. During highschool, he developed an interest in stage design and lighting. One of his first jobs as a teenager was designing posters for a local movie theater, as well as being a lifeguard.
Thiebaud showed artistic talent from a young age and had a desire to study painting, but because of the Great Depression, he studied commercial art at Long Beach Polytechnic High School and at the Frank Wiggins Trade School instead.
Thiebaud worked as a summer apprentice in the animation department at Walt Disney Studios.
World War II
From 1942 to 1945, Thiebaud served in the Army Air Force, assigned to the Special Services Department as an artist and cartoonist. He was transferred to the First Air Force Motion Picture Unit, commanded by future president Ronald Reagan. During the war, he met his first wife Patricia Patterson, with whom he had two daughters. The first, Twinka, was born in 1945 and the second, Mallary Ann, in 1951.
Sergeant Wayne Thiebaud painting on a B-29 aircraft.
After returning home from WWII, Thiebaud decided to continue his education. He attended San José State College, which is now known as San José State University from 1949-1950. He went on to attend Sacramento State College now California State University receiving a Bachelors in 1951 and then his Masters in 1953.
Thiebaud artwork done while working for Disney.
One of the many landscapes that Thiebaud created in his latter years of creating art.
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