Elaine Badgley Arnoux Biography

Elaine Badgley Arnoux




Painter, printmaker, and sculptor Elaine Badgley Arnoux was born Helen Elaine Harper in 1926 in Omaha, Nebraska. At age eleven she and her mother relocated to Southern California where at the end of high school she was awarded a scholarship to attend the Chouinard Institute in Los Angeles, graduating in 1946. After marrying Robert Stranahan in 1947 they moved to San Luis Obispo, where Arnoux co-founded the San Luis Obispo Art Association. She participated in her first exhibition, a juried group show at the Santa Barbara Museum, in 1953 (Purchase Award) and her first solo show at the Robert Day Gallery in Richmond in 1957, the same year that she opened her own studio. In the late 1950s and early 1960s she would also study independently with Channing Peake and Bruce McCurdy at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 1961 she was award a traveling scholarship to Europe, where she studied in France and Spain.

In 1965 she settled in San Francisco with her husband and children where she continued to paint and work began to work in sculpture. Among the works she became most known for was her portraiture, painting oils of San Francisco elite as well as locals and neighbors. From 1981 to 1982 she studied with the Fort Mason Printmakers, and in 1981 she also founded the Elaine Badgley Arnoux School of Art and its gallery, the Bridge Gallery. She remained the director or both institutions until accepting a position at the SoMa School of Art, where she continues to work. In the early 2000s Badgley Arnoux began exhibiting her sculpture, working primarily in clay.

Elaine Badgley Arnoux continues to work and live in San Francisco. Her extensive curriculum vitae, including solo and group exhibitions, bibliography, interviews, and more can be found on her website.

Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco; Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley; De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara; Library of Congress; San Luis Obispo Museum of Art; San Francisco Art Commission Collection; San Francisco Public Library, Special Collections; Smith College Library, Special Collections, Stanford University; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Openhouse, Community for LGBT Seniors, San Francisco; Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Senator Barbara Boxer (private); Grace Cathedral, San Francisco (private); Estate of Ruth Asawa (private); among others.

Awards and Commissions:
Purchase Award, permanent collection, Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Chevron U.S.A. Arts Grant; Arts Grant, the San Francisco Foundation; Carver Foundaion; Alice Phelan Sullivan Foundation; Flow Fund, Rockefeller Foundation; San Francisco Grants for the Arts, Hotel Tax Fund; Openhouse, Community for LGBT Seniors, San Francisco.