Artist Biography

1896 - 1969

William E. Frates (1896-1969) was born in Hayward, California in 1896. Frates first studied art in San Francisco with William Otto Emerson. He was active as an artist in the San Francisco Bay area from the 1920s while maintaining a studio-home in Hayward. While returning from a long motor trip in the Northwest, he died in Myrtle Creek, Oregon on August 5, 1969. Equally facile with oil, watercolor, and pastel, he painted landscapes of the Mother Lode country and the San Francisco Bay area. Member: Bay Region Art Ass'n; Hayward Art Ass'n (cofounder); Mother Lode Art Ass'n; Diablo Art Ass'n; Fremont Art Ass'n; Santa Cruz Art League; Society of Western Artists (president) Exhibited: Oakland Art Gallery, 1924-39; California State Fair, 1930; Santa Cruz Art League, 1934, 1938; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939; Society for Sanity in Art, California Palace of Legion of Honor, 1939; Alameda County Fair, 1948 (first prize); Diablo AA, 1969 (first prize); Religious Art Festival (Monterey), 1969 (first prize). Works held: Hayward Public Library; Salinas City Hall.

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