Artist Profile

J. Duncan Gleason


J. Duncan Gleason was a native of California, born in Watsonville, in 1881. He was known for his landscape and marine paintings of San Pedro Harbor on the California coast. He also wrote and illustrated several books on California maritime history and worked for the scenic art department at Metro Goldwyn Mayer and Warner Brothers studios.

Gleason was raised in Los Angeles, California and was working for the Union Engraving Company when he was only fourteen years old. He was skilled at drawing and sketching and took his first art training at the University of Southern California as a pupil of Lees Judson. Gleason then moved north to San Francisco to attend the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art. While going to school he worked for the Sunset Engraving Company as a commercial artist. He studied in Chicago at the Art Institute of Chicago and from 1900 to 1901, took lessons from Frank DuMond at the Art Students League in New York City. He supported himself as a commercial artist.

He stayed in New York for ten years before returning to Los Angeles in 1910. He exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1924), the California Palace of the Legion of Honor (1945) and the Golden Gate International Exposition (1939). He painted murals in the Hotel Clark and for Gardena high school (Los Angeles).

Information courtesy of www.duncangleason.com



Works in Our Collection

J. Duncan Gleason
Our Coast
Oil on board, c. 1930
10 x 8 inches
Gift of Louise Cadwalader