Artist of the moment….Granville Redmond…

The artist was born Granville Seymour Redmond  in March of 1871 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania . I find this artist to be one of the most inspirational forces out there. An artist who was also great at acting and counted Charile Chaplin as a friend. Redmond even appeared in silent movies alongside Chaplin. Chaplin learend a great deal about mime work from Redmond.

Redmond appeared in many films directed by Chaplin. Such as City Lights, You’d Be Surprised, A Woman of Paris, The Idle Class, The Kid, Sunnyside, A Day’s Pleasure, and A Dogs Life (A clip from this movie is in the video section above)

Redmond was born able to hear but slightly before turning three years of age he contracted Scarlett Fever. As a result he was unable to hear the rest of his life, but he didn’t let being deaf get in the way of being a successful artist working in movies as well as painting and drawing. Chaplin not only got acting jobs for Redmond but also made him a painting studio on one  of the film lots.

The artist’s family moved out west to so that he could attend a special elementary and high school that was made for deaf students.  After graduating he went to the San Francisco School of Design. He won an award and as a result he was able to study in Paris, France at the Julien Academy. He is known as one of the great California Impressionist Painters.

On line and land based galleries: Karges Fine Art in Carmel, California.

A short clip from a gallery in Carmel. The director of the movie talks about a variety of artists from the area.

A clip from the movie A Dog’s Life starring Charlie Chaplin. Redmond acted alongside Chaplin in this movie.

He was married in 1898 to a former student of a deaf college in Illinois. The couple had three children together.

The artist passed away in 1935.

low price range: Pencil and chalk work on paper for a few thousand dollars.

high price range: $517,000 For a tonalist landscape painting of California titled “California Landscape with Oaks, Poppie, and Lupine.

Including in museum collections at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Orange County Museum of Art, and the Irvine Museum.

A link to the artist’s website:

This artist is just great to read about when you are upset because you just can’t get something right. A great example of an artist who overcame deafness and acted in silent movies. The man helped Charlie Chaplin master his craft!  His use of color and tone was remarkable.  Also interesting is his lively brush work with a wide variety of strokes and a weaving of paint similar to Van Gogh’s landscapes in style but not thickness of paint.

Happy painting!


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