Bold, decorative studies of exotic birds and flowers are the subject of Jessie Arms Botke’s most notable paintings. After settling in California, Botke reached her stylistic peak in the 1930s with eye-dazzling artworks adorned with gold and silver leaf, inspired by Japanese design and European landscape aesthetics. Despite her prolific output and successful career, few exhibitions have focused solely on Botke’s work. This exhibition examines work from different periods of Botke’s career and travels including a magnificent 29-foot-long mural that once adorned the Oaks Hotel in Ojai, California.
This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of John Moran Auctioneers and Appraisers, Kevin and Renee Vlitos Rowe, the Hilbert Collection and OC Fine Art Storage / Display. A heartfelt thank you to Janet Blake for her curatorial contributions to the exhibition.
Lenders to the exhibition:
Atighi Family Collection
Barbara & Tom Stiles Collection
Laguna Art Museum Collection, Promised gift of Nancy Dustin Wall Moure
The Hilbert Collection
UC Irvine Institute and Museum of California Art, Gift of The Irvine Museum
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