Artist Biography

Isabelle Percy WEST
1872 - 1976

Isabelle Clark Percy, a painter, lithographer,and etcher, was born in Alameda, California on November 6, 1882, the daughter of prominent architect George W. Percy who designed the Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park and Hobart Building in San Francisco, and the Christian Brothers Winery in Sonoma. She studied art at Mark Hopkins Institute (1901-05) under Arthur Mathews, with Brangwyn in London, and Dow and Snell in New York. After earning an M.A. degree at Columbia University in 1907, she returned to California to cofound the California College of Arts and Crafts. She continued to teach there until her retirement in 1941 at which time a gallery was named in her honor. In 1916 she married George P. West, a San Francisco newspaper editor, and settled into a home across the bay in Sausalito where she maintained a studio and continued to paint until her death in nearby Greenbrae on August 15, 1976. Her work includes landscapes and figure studies. Member: San Francisco Sketch Club; San Francisco Art Ass'n; California Society of Etchers. Exhibited: Guild of Arts & Crafts, 1904; Starr King Fraternity, 1905; Del Monte Art Gallery (Monterey), 1908, 1909; Paris Salon, 1911 (honorable mention); Sorosis Club, 1913; California Society of Etchers, 1913; Panama Pacific International Exposition, 1915 (bronze medal); California Artists, Golden Gate Park Museum, 1915; San Francisco Art Ass'n, 1916-25; Oakland Art Gallery, 1932; California College of Arts and Crafts, 1973 (solo). Works held: California Historical Society; Oakland Museum; California College of Arts and Crafts.

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