Artist Biography

Charles P. NEILSON
1867 - 1937

Charles Peter Neilson was born in Pitlessie, Fifeshire, Scotland in 1867. He settled in San Francisco in the 1890s and studied at the Mark Hopkins Art Institute. In 1902 he cofounded the California Society of Artists with Piazzoni, Martinez, W. H. Bull, Blendon R. Campbell, and Matteo Sandona in reaction to the conservative attitudes of the San Francisco Art Ass'n which they felt restricted younger artists. In 1906 he was an instructor of drawing and watercolor at University of California in Berkeley. After the 1906 disaster destroyed his studio at 420 Montgomery, he moved to Los Angeles, but stayed only a few months before moving back to Berkeley to continue teaching. He died in San Francisco on January 18, 1937. Exhibited: San Francisco Art Ass'n, 1895-1906; Mechanics' Institute (San Francisco), 1897-99; California State Fair, 1900-02; California Society of Artists, Golden Gate Park Museum, 1902, 1905; Guild of Arts & Crafts, 1904; Starr King Fraternity, 1905; Steckel Gallery (Los Angeles), 1906; Del Monte Art Gallery, 1907-09; Fine Arts League (Los Angeles), 1909. Works held: California Historical Society; Oakland Museum.

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