|John Mottram |
John Mottram was a painter, sculptor, and lithographer born in Towle, California, on September 12, 1903, the son of a gold miner. After graduating from the public schools of Sacramento, Mottram earned a degree from Sacramento Junior College. He further studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts and California School of Fine Arts under Ralph Stackpole in 1927. He then worked for an Oakland firm as a tile designer, for a pottery works in Alameda, and as an apprentice to local sculptor Pio Tognelli and painter John Emmett Gerrity. In the early 1930s he moved down the peninsula to Palo Alto where he remained. He had his first exhibition in 1936 at the Art Center Gallery, San Francisco, and taught art at San Jose State from 1948-56. Mottram died at home on March 12, 1956. Primarily a painter in oil and watercolor, he is also known for his clay sculptures and lithographs.
Member: Palo Alto Art Club; Bay Region Art Association; San Francisco Art Association.
Exhibited: Oakland Art Gallery, 1928, 1932, 1939; San Francisco Art Center, 1935 (solo); Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939; San Jose State University, 1958 (retrospective).
Works held: Letterman Hospital, San Francisco.
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.