Corona Del Mar, CA: Published by the author, 1960. The Artist’s A-Frame architectural plans and drawings (each 24" x 32") include 2 pages of plans and 2 pages of artist renderings by Rex Brandt. Included are two book by & about Rex Brandt: "Rex Brandt: In Praise of Sunshine" by Janet Blake (SIGNED by Blake) and "Two from California" by Rex Brandt and Joan Irving. Item #19566
Rexford Elson Brandt (1914 – 2000) was an American artist and educator. Much of his oeuvre consists of paintings inspired by the life and geography of the West Coast of the United States, particularly California. Brandt worked in multiple mediums including print making, oil painting and watercolor painting. He gained national recognition for his watercolor painting during the period from the mid 1930s to the 1990s. Early in his career he was associated with California Scene Painting but after World War II Brandt focused on complex, semi-abstract works. The depiction of the regenerative warmth of the sun was a central focus of his painting; he wrote that "Everyone has hang-ups, I suppose. Mine is sunshine. Not sunlight -- although I like to paint sunlight too."Brandt was an influential educator through his many years of teaching and publishing. He taught at numerous educational institutions including Riverside Junior College and the Chouinard Art Institute. Along with the painter Phil Dike, he opened the Brandt-Dike Summer School of Painting in 1947 at his home in Corona del Mar where he continued to teach summer classes for thirty-eight years. He published his first book of watercolor instruction in 1948 and continued to write and publish throughout his life. In 1993 he was awarded an American Artist Achievement Award for his teaching.During the decade of the 1960s Brandt remained busy teaching, lecturing, and serving as a juror for numerous exhibitions in both Los Angeles and Orange Counties. He continued to make several painting trips a year, during which he began looking for a good location for a second home and studio. He bought avocado property in Murietta and a couple of lots in Cambria, where Phil and Betty Dike had a second home. Brandt even went so far as to create architectural drawings and plans to build in Cambria but ultimately chose the San Juan Islands.