A student and longtime instructor at the renowned Chouinard School of Art in Los Angeles, Ben Messick is as well-known for his regionalist paintings as he is for influencing a generation of Los Angeles modernists. His career began in the late 1920s and continued up to his death in 1981. Messick’s oeuvre can be divided into two distinct periods: regionalist paintings from the 1930s and ’40s and modernist pieces from the 1950s onward. His work is featured in many Southern California museums and private collections.
Image caption: Ben Messick, Children’s Playground, 1936, oil on canvas, The Buck Collection at The UCI Institute and Museum of California Art, © 2018 Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery