Delicious: The Life & Art of Wayne Thiebaud by Susan Goldman RubinOne of the giants of American art, Wayne Thiebaud was at first unappreciated because of the everyday subject matter of his paintings. His tasty hot dogs, delectable cakes, dizzy streets, and sleepy deltas have since become icons of twentieth century art. Now young readers have the chance to explore the development of a fascinating artist while delighting in the very child-friendly art that has made him so acclaimed. With her deft touch, critically-acclaimed non-fiction author Susan Rubin tells the story of the man behind the masterpieces.
He is often incorrectly associated with American Pop art because of his many images of banal objects. However, unlike Pop artists such as Andy Warhol and James Rosenquist , Thiebaud worked from life, not from media images, and his engagement was evident in his loose brushstroke, whereas a hard-edge painting style, signifying mechanical reproduction, was preferred by many Pop artists. Thiebaud grew up in a Mormon home in California. From to Thiebaud worked as a cartoonist, a sign painter, and an illustrator. By the late s he had given up commercial work. He came under the influence of the Abstract Expressionists and the Bay Area figurative movement. In the following decade Thiebaud turned to landscapes, pushing them toward abstraction by using extremely high horizon lines and unusual points of view.
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PHONE: Wayne Thiebaud, American -. Wayne Thiebaud born Mesa, Arizona, November 23, is an American painter whose most famous works are of cakes, pastries, boots, toilets, toys and lipsticks. His last name is pronounced "Tee-bo. He has also been seen, due to his true to life representations, as a predecessor to photorealism.
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Thiebaud is associated with the pop art movement because of his interest in objects of mass culture , although his early works, executed during the fifties and sixties, slightly predate the works of the classic pop artists. Thiebaud uses heavy pigment and exaggerated colors to depict his subjects, and the well-defined shadows characteristic of advertisements are almost always included in his work. His family moved to Long Beach, California when he was six months old. From to , he worked as a cartoonist and designer in California and New York. Thiebaud subsequently began teaching at Sacramento City College. In , he became assistant professor at the University of California, Davis , where he remained through and influenced numerous art students.
The teenage Thiebaud established himself as a cartoonist, working for a brief time as an animator for the Walt Disney studios and drawing a regular comic strip during a World War II stint in the Air Force. He also worked as a poster designer and commercial artist in both California and New York before deciding to become a painter. Thiebaud received a teaching appointment at Sacramento Junior College in , while still in graduate school, and has since enjoyed a long and distinguished teaching career. In , Thiebaud moved to New York, where he was in the midst of the Abstract Expressionist movement. He was particularly interested in work by Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline , but fashioned his own approach to art, adapting the thick pigments used by the abstract expressionists to his own subjects and style. Depictions of everyday items in American life—sandwiches, gumball machines, jukeboxes, toys, cafeteria-type foods, and cakes and pies—reflect a turn toward representational painting.