Artist Biography

1885 - 1959

Albert Thomas DeRome was born on June 26, 1885 in Cayucos, San Luis Obispo County, California. In his youth he worked at the Congress Spring Hotel in Saratoga, and in San Francisco at the Palace Hotel and at his uncle's Globe Foundry. He studied art at the Mark Hopkins Institute under Mathews, Stanton, and Latimer. He applied his art initially to political cartoons and commercial ventures. His close friends and sketching partners included painters William Keith, Carlos Hittell, Will Sparks, Frank Montague Moore, Percy Gray, Frank H. Myers, and Gunnar Widforss. From 1915-31 he made many painting expeditions to Nevada, Arizona, and throughout California. Following a serious auto accident in 1931, DeRome gradually recovered the ability to paint; however, an insurance policy prevented him from selling his work or exhibiting as a professional artist. He did exhibit as an "amateur" in northern California, gaining recognition and several first prizes. He often would give his paintings to friends and relatives in exchange for favors. An Impressionist, his work includes luminous landscapes and seascapes in oil and watercolor. DeRome spent his later years on the Monterey Peninsula. He died in Carmel on July 31, 1959. Member: Carmel Art Ass'n; California College of Arts and Crafts (trustee). Exhibited: California State Fairs; Monterey County Fairs; Santa Cruz Art League; Oakland Art Gallery, 1944; University of California at Santa Cruz, 1985; Gump's (San Francisco), 1986-87 (solo); Carmel Art Ass'n, 1987.

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