Samuel Hyde Harris
(English, 1889 - 1977)
Sam Hyde Harris (California Impressionist painter) Born February 2, 1889, in Brentford, England Died May 30, 1977, in Alhambra, California Sam Hyde Harris immigrated to the United States with his family in 1904, settling in Los Angeles. While studying in the evenings at the Art Students League and at the Cannon Art School with F. Tolles Chamberlin (1873-1961), Stanton MacDonald-Wright (1890-1973), and Hanson Puthuff (1875-1972), he pursued a career as a commercial artist in advertising. In 1913 he spent six months in Europe where he was inspired by the light and atmospheric effects in the works of the English masters John Constable and Joseph M. W. Turner. Returning to Los Angeles, Harris continued in his successful commercial art career, designing advertisements and posters for the Southern Pacific, Union Pacific, and Santa Fe railroads. One of his best known assignments was designing the windmill logo for Van De Kamp's Bakeries, which is still used today. All the while, on weekends, he continued to paint elegant, light-filled studies of farms and vistas in the San Gabriel Valley. During the 1920s Harris studied privately with Puthuff, taking painting trips with him to the deserts of California and Arizona. He also painted with Jean Mannheim (1862-1945) and Edgar Payne (1883-1947). He liked to paint in the rural environs of Pasadena and San Gabriel as well as in the city of Los Angeles. During the 1930s he painted harbor scenes in San Pedro, Sunset Beach, and Newport Beach. After he retired, in the 1940s and 1950s, he often painted in the desert with James Swinnerton (1875-1974). Harris was a member of the California Art Club, the Painters and Sculptors Club, and the Laguna Beach Art Association. He received a Silver Medal from the Painters and Sculptors Club in 1944 and a Special Award from the California Art Club in 1941.
Name:Samuel Hyde Harris
Dates:1889 - 1977
Nationality:English
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