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Campbell Grant

(1909 - 1992)
Campbell Grant was a native Californian, born in Berkeley and schooled at the California College of Arts & Crafts and the Santa Barbara School of the Arts, where he learned woodcut techniques from Frank Morley Fletcher. Following his school years Grant went to work for Walt Disney Studios as an illustrator and story director. During his 12 years with Disney he worked on such classics as ‘Pinnochio,’ ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ and ‘Fantasia’ as well as designs for the Disneyland theme park.

After leaving Disney he taught art at the Cate School in Carpinteria, CA, and, in 1930, traveled to New Mexico and Taos Pueblo.

In contrast with many such scenes, Grant’s depiction emphasizes the horizontality of the setting with a distant horizon betraying the barest hint of the mountainous background beyond. The scene appears to set be at dusk and the mellow, blue-dominated scene is accented with tiny splashes of red and yellow in the attire of the three figures headed towards the Pueblo.

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