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Milford Zornes
20 c. California Painter, watercolorist, lecturer
American, b. 1908
James Milford Zornes (known as Milford Zornes) was born on January 25, 1908 in Camargo, Oklahoma. He moved to California in the 1920s and studied art with F. Toles Chamberlin and Millard Sheets from 1935-38; received a B.A. from Pomona College in 1934; and was at Otis Art Institute in 1938. By the early 1930s he was a member of the California Watercolor Society and one of the earliest exponents of the California Style. Zornes was in the WPA art program, during which time he did murals for the post office at Campo, Texas (1937), and the post office in Claremont, CA (1938). He taught at Otis (1938-46), Pomona (1946-50), and U.C. Santa Barbara (1948-49). Zornes was mainly a watercolor artist, who worked in abstract realism, using transparent watercolor and other media. He is best known for his Western landscapes. He was on the Board of Directors for the Riverside Art Association from 1966-67. For 12 years was the art director for the Padua Hills Theatre in Claremont, CA. His work is in the Metropolitan Art Museum, in New York and the Los Angeles County Art Museum.


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