SELDEN CONNER GILE (1877 - 1947)

Born in Stow, Maine on March 20, 1877, Selden Gile, moved to California in 1901. There he became a payroll master in Lincoln and in Oakland after 1905 for Gladding McBean Company and reportedly lived an adventure-fiilled and occassionally dangerous life. He was largely self-taught as an artist, his art studies were under Perham Nahl, Frank Van Sloun, Spencer Macky, William Clapp, and at the California College of Arts and Crafts. Prior to 1914, he painted in the manner of classical California landscape painters such as William Keith. After that time he assumed the palette and style of Impressionism-Fauvism, but remained an "individualist" in his mode of expressing the California scene.

During the 1920s, he became the dominant figure in a group of painters known as the Society of Six. The Six -- Gile, Maurice Logan, William Clapp, Bernard von Eichman, August Gay, and Louis Siegriest -- were active in the San Francisco Bay area and exhibited regularly at the Oakland Art Gallery. They created a new landscape art of sunny reality; it was Impressionism-Fauvism applied to California landscape and .figurative painting. In 1927 Gile moved to Tiburon and, shortly thereafter, to a houseboat in Belvedere. He made periodic journeys to Arizona in the mid 1920's and painted the landascape and native Americans. He died in San Rafael, CA on June 8, 1947 and was buried at Mt Tamalpais Cemetery.


Rural Landscape with Clouds

Watercolor on thin paper, laid down on cardboard, 8" x 11.5"

Signed lower left: Gile 28

1928

Custom matted and framed


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