Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Millard Sheets’ Work Exemplifies California Style in Watercolor

Ali Mesiwala, MD, currently serves the Southern California Center for Neuroscience and Spine in Pomona, California, as a neurosurgeon. He formerly held the position of attending physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and has authored numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles. Ali Mesiwala, MD, is a founding member of the Claremont Museum of Art, which recently profiled the artist Millard Sheets.

Among the most well-received of the Claremont Museum’s recent exhibits was the 2015-16 “Millard Sheets: Hills and Horses,” curated by the artist’s son and shown at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. This exhibit celebrated Sheets’ love of the equine silhouette and the landscapes around his Padua Hills home.

Millard Sheets, born in 1907 in Pomona, became one of California’s most accomplished watercolor painters. In his twenties, he was already exhibiting in major cities. His work exemplifies the California Style in watercolor art, although he worked in acrylics, oils, murals, and other forms. He often chose colorful or dramatic landscapes, and scenes from the everyday lives of local or indigenous people, as his subjects.