Phil Dike

Phil Dike
Sensations of Summer #2
Watercolor, 1971
14 1/2 x 24 inches
Courtesy of E. Gene Crain
Value: $4,000
Starting bid: $2,000

Phil Dike grew up in Redlands, California, and attended Chouinard School of Art, studying with F. Tolles Chamberlin and Clarence Hinkle. Hinkle became his mentor and lifelong friend. He furthered his studies in New York at the Art Students League and privately with George Luks. Dike joined the California Water Color Society in 1927 and in 1931 received the society’s purchase prize for Sicilian Houses, a painting executed during a long sojourn of travel and study in Europe.

Dike became one of the leading figures among the California Scene painters. Open to new ideas, his style was ever evolving, and in the late 1940s he began to incorporate semiabstract elements in his works. He received another CWCS purchase prize for Victorian Tapestry in 1946.

Dike worked as a color coordinator for Walt Disney Studios for ten years. With his close friend Rex Brandt he operated the Brandt-Dike Summer School of painting at Brandt’s home in Corona del Mar from 1947 to 1954. He was a professor of art at Scripps College and Claremont Graduate School from 1950 to 1971.

Laguna Art Museum is planning a major Phil Dike exhibition for the summer of 2017.

Selected collections
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Laguna Art Museum
Scripps College, Claremont, California

Selected exhibitions
Chasing Daylight: Philip Latimer Dike, 1927–1943, Scripps College
California Holiday: The E. Gene Crain Collection, Laguna Art Museum
Dream and Perspective: The American Scene in Southern California, 1930–1845, Laguna Art Museum

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