Phil Dike Litho of a beach scene, 1 of 20 (marked 20 of 20). Signed with the words “Happy Birthday to Ejnar 1949.” From the Ejnar Hansen estate. 15″w x 11.5″ high. Frame 20″w x 17″ h.
Known as the intellectual and artistic leader of the California watercolor artists, Phil Dike (1906-1990) was strongly influenced by avant-garde painters Georgia O’Keeffe, John Marin, and Charles Burchfield.
Originally from Redlands, California, and was exposed to art from his childhood because his grandmother, Eliza Twigg, also painted. He first studied art in high school with Mary Louise Arnold whom Dike later described as so sombre and dressed in such heavy shoes that she looked “like Washington crossing the Delaware” (Edan Hughes).
In 1924, he began his art education at Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, and in 1928 went to the Art Students League in New York where he studied with Frank DuMond and George Luks.
He taught at Chouinard’s for twenty years and also worked in the fine art department of Walt Disney Studios where from 1934 to 1944, he was Color Coordinator and worked on animated classics including Fantasia and Snow White. He was the first artist to put color into Disney animations.
From 1950 to 1971, he was on the faculty of Scripps College and Claremont Graduate School.
His paintings can be found at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio and the Pasadena Art Institute in California. He also did work in ceramic tile including the entrance of the St. San Antonio College Fine Arts Center and the pool area of Scripps College, and the chapel of Claremont Community Congregational Church. — adapted from askart.com