California Coastal. Signed on front estate stamped on the back. Oil on Board.
Born in Washington DC, Joseph Reeves, son of Admiral Joseph M. Reeves, earned his reputation as a painter of Southwest subjects, many of them portraits. He graduated from the University of California in 1917, a student of C. Chapel Judson, and served during World War I in the U.S. Navy. He remained in Europe, studying at the Academies Julian and Colarossi in Paris. After the war and traveling around the world, he returned to the United States in 1923, and then continued his art education at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC. He worked as a portraitist in New York City and Norfork, Virginia before moving West, going first to San Rafael and San Francisco, and later to Los Angeles where he settled. He was President of The Artists of the Southwest and The Painters and Sculptors Club. He was also a member of the California Art Club, the Los Angeles Art Association, and the Laguna Beach Art Association. Exhibitions:California State Fair, 1927 (2nd prize), 1931 (3rd prize), 1934 Arizona State Fair, 1932 California Statewide (Santa Cruz), 1933 (prize. Los Angeles Art Association, LA 1934 (award) Paris Salon, 1934, Sierra Madre City Hall, 1934, California Art Club, 1934, Biltmore Salon (LA), 1934, Bohemian Club, 1935, Ebell Club (LA), 1935, Academy of Western Painters (LA), 1936, National Academy of Design, Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1942 (3rd prize), 1947, Los Angeles County Museum of Art 1950, Greek Theater (LA), 1962. Collections: St Francis Hospital (SF); U.S. Navy Dept.; Ebell Club (LA); Bohemian Club. Source: Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940.