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Born in Mesa, Arizona but moved to Los Angeles at a young age. Eventually moved to Northern California, studied more art and became a teacher at UC, Davis.
Wayne Thiebaud (b. Nov. 15, 1920); American painter widely known for his colorful works depicting commonplace objects—pies, lipsticks, paint cans, ice cream cones, pastries, and hot dogs—as well as for his landscapes and figure paintings. Associated with the pop art movement because of his interest in objects of mass culture, although his early works, executed during the 50s and 60s, slightly predate the works of the classic pop artists. He uses heavy pigment and exaggerated colors to depict his subjects, and the well-defined shadows characteristic of...
In his works, objects and their shadows are characteristically outlined in multiple colors, creating a visual effect Thiebaud calls akin to vibration.
A conscious decision to eliminate certain details and include selective bits of personal experiences or perceptual nuances, gives the painting more of a multi-dimension than when it is done directly as a visual recording. This results in a kind of abstraction… and thus avoids the pitfalls of mere decoration.
Commonplace objects are constantly changing… The pies, for example, we now see, are not going to be around forever. We are merely used to the idea that things do not change.
If I don’t have anything better to do that day, I’ll copy paintings, generally by people who have some relationship to the work of the moment.
We all need critical confrontation of the fullest and most extreme kind that we can get. You can unnecessarily limit yourself by choosing your criticism.
An artist has to train his responses more than other people do. He has to be as disciplined as a mathematician. Discipline is not a restriction but an aid to freedom. It prepares an artist to choose his own limitations…