Art Auction 2018 | Frederick Wight


Frederick Wight

Mountains of Santa Monica
Oil on canvas, 1982
48 x 66 1/4 inches
Courtesy of Jerrold and Sandy Canter
Value: $2,000
Starting bid: $1,000

Painter and novelist Frederick Wight (1902–86) was a major figure in the emergence of Los Angeles as a significant artistic center in the mid-twentieth century. During his twenty-year stint as director of the art gallery at UCLA (which is now named for him) and chair of the university art department, he launched numerous landmark exhibitions and was a prolific contributor to catalogs and monographs. A significant artist in his own right, he studied in Paris at the Académie Julian, afterwards painting for periods in Cape Cod and the south of France before beginning his academic career. After retiring from UCLA he devoted himself more fully to painting than ever before and in just a dozen years produced over 250 works, many of which are hymns to the natural beauty of California.

Selected collections

Laguna Art Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Palm Springs Art Museum

Selected exhibitions

Frederick Wight, Visions of California, Louis Stern Fine Arts, West Hollywood, 2005
Sudden Nature: The Art of Frederick S. Wight 1902-1986, UCLA Art Galleries, Los Angeles, 1990
Frederick Wight: Recent Paintings, Palm Springs Desert Museum, 1978

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