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Phil Dike (1906-1990)

Known as the intellectual and artistic leader of the California watercolor artists, Phil Dike was strongly influenced by avant-garde painters Georgia O'Keeffe, John Marin, and Charles Burchfield. He was born in Redlands, California, and was exposed to art from his childhood because his grandmother, Eliza Twigg, was a painter. In 1924, he began his art education at Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, and in 1928 went to the Art Students League in New York where he studied with Frank DuMond and George Luks.  He traveled throughout Europe and studied for a year, 1930, in France at the American Academy of Fontainebleau, and exhibited at that time at the Paris Salon. He returned to Los Angeles where he taught at Chouinard's for twenty years and also worked in the fine art department of Walt Disney Studios where from 1934 to 1944, he was Color Coordinator and worked on animated classics including Fantasia and Snow White.  He was the first artist to put color into Disney animations. From 1950 to 1971, he was on the faculty of Scripps College and Claremont Graduate School. He first went to Arizona in 1931 during the Depression and returned to paint copper mining scenes. His paintings can be found at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio and the Pasadena Art Institute in California.




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