Artist Biography

Roi Clarkson COLMAN
1884 - 1945

Roi Clarkson Colman was born in Elgin, Illinois on January 27, 1884. Artistically inclined at an early age, he moved to Chicago when he was 16 and began his art studies with L. H. Yarwood. The years 1903-11 were spent in Dallas, Texas where he painted scenes along the Gulf of Mexico and a series of the old Indian forts. In 1911 he left for a two-year stay in Paris to further study at Académies Julian and Grand Chaumière. Returning to the United States, he settled in southern California in 1913 where he was active in Pasadena, La Jolla, and served as director of the Santa Ana Art Academy. A founder of the Laguna Beach Art Ass’n in 1918, he bought beachfront property there on which he built a home and studio. By 1928 he was living on the Monterey Peninsula and active in the local art scene. Colman died in San Diego on Noember 29, 1945. Although he painted landscapes, he is best known for his coastals and marines. Member: San Diego Art Guild; Carmel Art Ass'n. Exhibited: Cotton Palace Exposition (Waco), 1910; Kanst Gallery (Los Angeles), 1917, 1920, 1921; Santa Ana Art Academy, 1917; Shakespere Club (Los Angeles), 1919; California Art Club, 1919-24; California State Fair, 1920 (prize); Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles, 1920-29; Laguna Beach Art Ass'n, 1920 (prize); Battey Gallery (Los Angeles), 1921; Society of Independent Artists (New York City), 1924; Laguna Beach Museum, 1980. Works held: Santa Monica Womens Club; Santa Ana Jr. High School (murals); Ajo (Arizona) Public Library; Waco (Texas) Public Library; Bowers Museum (Santa Ana); Orange County (California) Museum; La Jolla Yacht Club.

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