Ellwood Graham (1911-2007)
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Ellwood Graham was a painter and muralist who graduated from the School of Fine Arts at Washington University and settled in Monterey, California in 1934.
He was active with the Federal Art Project during the Depression and painted numerous murals in state buildings. He served in the Navy during World War II and in the 1950s lived between Monterey, New Mexico, the Caribbean and Mexico.
In 1956, he became a resident of Pebble Beach and exhibited widely including the San Francisco Art Association and the Carmel Art Association
His paintings reside in permanent collections and museums in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. After building a home and studio in Monterey, he was commissioned by John Steinbeck to paint in Mexico and later, to paint Steinbeck's portrait. He gained early critical success as the first Abstract Impressionist in the West.
Member: Carmel Art Association
Exhibited: Between 1935 and 1965 - 34 solo exhibitions in various sections of the United States and Mexico and participated in innumerable group shows. Received more than 40 awards, 6 of them national in scope.
Work: Is represented in permanent collections of Whitney Museum of Art (NYC); Chicago Art Institute; Los Angeles Museum; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; De Young Museum (SF); Museum of Univ. of New Mexico (Albuquerque); San Francisco Museum of Art; San Francisco Art Institute; Adelphi Collection (Garden City, Long Island); Brazilian Embassy, Washington, D.C.
Source: Art & Artists/1965; Carmel Art Association Newsletter/Summer; Edan Hughes, ''Artists in California: 1786-1940''