Damngorgeous: Millard Sheets and His Southern California Legacy


September 13, 2008–January 4, 2009

In Gleason Gallery

As a young painter in the 1930s, Millard Sheets developed a national reputation for his luminous watercolors that helped define the movement known as Southern California Regionalism. For 30 years he was at the center of a creative explosion in the region - a man of immense and varied talents, a great artist, a passionate educator, an astute arts administrator, and a visionary committed to making art a part of everyday life in Southern California.

Over forty works of art including luminous watercolors, oils, etchings, lithographs and drawings from the 1920s to the '80s will introduce the legacy of Millard Sheets. In the 1930s he helped define the movement known as Southern California Regionalism that depicted rural scenes near his home in Claremont, California. Sheets made important advances with his vibrant watercolors that rivaled oils in their rich color quality.

Catalog: Damngorgeous: A Daughter's Memoir of Millard Owen Sheets

Millard Sheets, Untitled, 1941. Watercolor on paper.
The catalog is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Millard Sheets, Ancient Pool, Hawaii, 1951. Watercolor on paper.
Millard Sheets, Night of the Dead, Mexic (Second Version), 1982. Watercolor on paper.
Millard Sheets, Mali Village, 1988. Watercolor on paper.

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