CLARENCE HINKLE Biography
Painter. Born in Auburn, California on June 19, 1880. Early in life Hinkle moved with his family to a ranch outside of Sacramento where his father had a carriage painting business. When quite young he began art studies locally under W.F. Jackson at the Crocker Art Gallery. Hinkle later moved to San Francisco and enrolled at the Mark Hopkins Institute under Arthur Mathews. This was followed by study at the Art Students League in New York under William Chase and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where he won the Cresson Scholarship for six years at Academie Colarossi and Ecole des Beaux-arts. While in Paris he was greatly influenced by the Impressionists and the Pointillists. Upon his return in 1912, he established a studio in San Francisco and began exhibiting locally. His works were considered quite modern and daring during this period. After moving to Los Angeles in 1917, he accepted a teaching position at the Los Angeles School of Art & Design and became the first art instructor at the newly founded Chouinard School of Art in 1921. While continuing to teach in Los Angeles, Hinkle was a resident of Laguna Beach (a street is named for him there) until his move in 1935 to a newly built home overlooking the harbor of Santa Barbara. During the 1940s he taught at the Santa Barbara School of Art and was active there until his death on July 20, 1969. His oeuvre includes landscapes, still lifes, portraits, and figure paintings.
Member: California Art Club; San Diego Fine Art Society; Laguna Beach Art Association.
Exhibited: Del Monte Hotel, 1913; Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915; Los Angeles County Musuem of Art, 1919; Group of Eight, 1927; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art; National Academy of Design; Oakland Art Gallery, 1932, 1939.
Awards: gold medal, California Art Club, 1925; first prizes, Laguna Beach Art Association, 1926, 1928; Huntington Prize, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1921; Streeter Prize, Pasadena, 1929; Morrison Prize, Oakland, 1937.
Works held: de Young Museum; Laguna Beach Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Oakland Museum; San Diego Museum; Santa Barbara Museum; Springville Museum, Utah; Crocker Museum, Sacramento.
--Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940