Artist Biography

James Martin GRIFFIN
1850 - 1931

James Martin Griffin was born in Cork, Ireland on February 20, 1850. He was a pupil of James Brennan at the Cork School of Art. After immigrating to San Francisco in 1885, he established a studio-home at 1514 Sacramento Street. He later moved across the bay to Oakland as a resident of 3342 Chestnut. During 1912-15 he taught painting at the California College of Arts and Crafts. Griffin was active in the San Francisco Bay area until his death in Amador County, California on January 23, 1931. Exhibition: Mark Hopkins Institute, 1898; Mechanics' Institute (San Francisco), 1899; Starr King Fraternity, 1905; San Francisco Art Ass'n, 1903; Piedmont Art Gallery (Oakland), 1907; Oakland Library, 1908; Berkeley Art Ass'n, 1908; Del Monte Art Gallery, 1909-10; Panama Pacific International Exposition, 1915; Oakland Art Gallery, 1928. Works held: Oakland Museum; Santa Cruz City Museum.

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