On Exhibit in our Vollmer Gallery
May 1, 2008 through June 29, 2008
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THURSDAY, MAY 1
FROM 5 - 7:30PM
7 EAST ANAPAMU STREET, SANTA BARBARA, CA
A Few Words About This Exhibit
Regarding the idea that Los Angeles was a “cultural
desert” before 1940, “I hold that the reverse of the
silly phrase is true; i.e. the whole area was jumping
with culture until about 1940.” - Arthur Millier 1
“Aldrin worked furiously to ﬁnd his special qualities
of expression [...] Today I realize even more clearly
the importance of his work [...] unique qualities in
color chords, depths of insight into nature and sheer
delight for life are unclouded by superﬁcial style.”
- Millard Sheets 2
Anders Aldrin had been a soldier and a farmer before
he turned to painting at the relatively late age of 34. In
1926, he graduated from Otis Art Institute, where he was
widely considered one of the top artists in his class. He
continued his training under English woodblock expert
Frank Morley Fletcher at the Santa Barbara School of Art.
Again considered one of the top artists in his class, he left
for San Francisco to study at the famed California School of
Fine Arts. Having acquired today’s equivalent of an M.F.A,
Aldrin began to make his way as an artist in Los Angeles. He
did not ﬁnd it easy going.
For most of his career, Aldrin found Los Angeles largely
unreceptive to his idiosynchratic vision of modern painting.
Most of his contemporaries working outside the Regionalist
or Impressionist traditions found times equally tough.
While there were important and vital groups of modern
painters scattered throughout the city, it seems as though
many worked in relative isolation. Nevertheless, Aldrin
gained encouragement and insight from his friends Edouard
Vysekal, Lorser Feitelson, Millard Sheets, and Dan Lutz,
Outside of his woodblocks, Aldrin’s work focused on
creating subtle color harmonies and careful arrangements
of gestural brushstrokes. Models and subjects seem to
have been chosen for their formal qualities and chromatic
With the recent opening of “A Seed of Modernism” at the
Pasadena Museum of California Art, scholars and collectors
have begun to reassess LA’s early history of modernism.
Aldrin’s work has ﬁnally found its time.
- Jeremy Tessmer, Gallery Director
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