Granville Redmond (1871-1935)
Granville Redmond was born in 1871 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Around the age of two, he had Scarlet Fever, which is believed to have left him deaf. His family moved to California, so that he could have the best education with his disability.
From 1879 to 1890, he attended the Berkley School for the Deaf in California. There his artistic talents were noticed and he first studied drawing and painting. When Granville Redmond graduated, he went on to study at the California School of Design in San Francisco and won the W. E. Brown Medal of Excellence. In 1893, he won a scholarship that enabled him to study in Paris at the Académie Julian under teachers Jean-Paul Lauren and Benjamin Constant. In 1895, one of his paintings was accepted for the Paris Salon. By 1898, he returned to California and settled in Los Angeles.
While living in Los Angeles, Redmond became friends with Charles Chaplin, who was struck by the expressiveness the deaf used while communicating. Chaplin asked Redmond to help develop techniques for his silent films and gave him a studio on the movie lot. Chaplin was impressed with Redmond’s skills and collected his paintings. Granville Redmond also appeared in Chaplin films, such as The Gold Rush, The Kid, A Dog’s Life, and City Lights. Even while working as an actor, Redmond never stopped painting.
Redmond was a member of the Bohemian Club, California Art Club, Laguna Beach Art Association and San Francisco Art Association. He was awarded a medal at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904 and the silver medal at the Alaska-Yukon Pacific Exposition, Seattle in 1909.
Redmond had become a leading California landscape painter known for his impressionist landscapes of Northern and Southern California. He was inspired by the California landscape and painted primarily coastal scenes between Laguna Beach and Monterey, California. Granville Redmond’s paintings also utilized pointillism and tonalism during his painting career.
Granville Redmond died in Los Angeles, California in 1935. A large percentage of Redmond’s original paintings are found in museums located in California, including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Orange County Museum of Art, Irvine Museum in Irvine and the Oakland Museum of California.
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