James H. Patrick Biography

James H. Patrick




James H. Patrick (1911-1944), painter, printmaker and muralist, was born in Cranbrook, British Columbia on September 14, 1911. His family relocated to California and settled in Los Angeles where he was raised. After graduating from Hollywood High School in 1929, Patrick received a scholarship to study at Chouinard Art Institute where he was a pupil of Frank Tolles Chamberlin, Clarence Hinkle, Millard Sheets, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. He joined the Foundation of Western Art and served as president of the California Watercolor Society. During the 1930s until his death in 1944, Patrick was an important figure in the development of the California Style of painting. He taught figure drawing and landscape painting at Chouinard and worked in the film industry as a color director. Patrick explored the medium of lithography working with the printer, Paul Roeher, and two of his lithographs are in the collection of the Library of Congress. He exhibited with the California Watercolor Society and his work was included in the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco. Patrick died in Los Angeles on November 8, 1944.