Jack Dudley lived and painted in Laguna Beach, California for thirty-eight years. He painted landscapes, architecture, people, and wildlife, in both oil and watercolor, and developed a “broken color” technique of oil painting involving the use of brilliant bits of pure color visible throughout the tonal patterns of his work.
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Dudley’s studies included five years at the Art Center School in Los Angeles, instruction under modernist, Lorser Feitelson, and instruction under Barse Miller of the American Scene Movement in Southern California. He also studied with Edward Biberman and Edward Reep.
Serving overseas in World War II, Dudley produced voluminous artistic chronicles of Indochina. In the late forties and early fifties he worked as a commercial artist with Los Angeles advertising firms. Subsequently, he spent a number of years in the field of architectural rendering, and, in the mid-sixties, finally established himself as a fine artist.
He was a Lifetime Member of the Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts, where he exhibited for over three decades, and a National Watercolor Society Signature Member. Jack Dudley died of cancer in 1996, shortly after receiving the Grand Canyon Purchase Award for his painting “View From The North Rim” at the annual Arts For The Parks competition.
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