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Clarkson Dye

Birth place or City of origin: San Francisco
State of origin: CA
Last known City: Los Gatos
Last known State: CA
Start/Birth date: 1869
Death/End date: 1955

Most of his life was spent as a resident of his native city at 2595 Union Street. He assisted Frank Van Sloun in 1936 in painting large murals in the rotunda of San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts. At one time he lived in Phoenix, AZ and Mill Valley, CA with summers in Santa Barbara and Bon Air, CA.

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Born in San Francisco in 1869, Clarkson Dye, as a teenager studied at the local School of Design under Virgil Williams, with further study under Burridge and Michelson in the East. His work includes landscapes and depictions of the San Francisco Bay area. Dye traveled extensively throughout his life including a trip to Mexico where he painted a large mural at the Los Angeles Cathedral in Durango and also painted a delightful street scene including many nocturnal street scenes with interiors of buildings discernible through the windows or half-open doors.

By 1941 he was a resident of Los Gatos, CA where he remained until his death on May 10, 1955. Some of his subject matter was derived from his travels in the Orient, South Seas, Europe, and the Southwest. Dye was a member of the Bohemian Club where many of his works are held.

Murals:
Los Angeles Cathedral (Durango, Mexico)
Grand Opera House (Waco, TX)


Exhibitions:
Mechanics' Institute (San Francisco), 1886-90
California State Fair, 1888
California Artists, Golden Gate Park Museum, 1915

Collections:
State Museum Resource Center (Sacramento)
California Historical Society

 

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