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Granville Redmond
(Philadelphia, PA, 1871 - 1935, Los Angeles, CA )
American, 1871-1935
Stricken with scarlet fever as a toddler, Granville Redmond led a life with neither hearing nor speech. He once commented that he liked to paint scenes of -€œsolitude and silence.-€ Redmond is claimed by both Northern and Southern California, as he spent time in both. He was one of the first artists in the Laguna Art Colony as well as being included in the first exhibition at the Hotel Del Monte art gallery in Monterey. He befriended Charlie Chaplin whom he actually coached in the art of mime, and who included him in small parts in seven movies. He also became a life-long friend of artist Gottardo Piazzoni, an accomplished linguist, who learned sign language on his behalf. His style varies from muted tonalism to brightly colored impressionism. Whether painting a cloudy day on the Monterey Coast or a field of sun-drenched poppies, Redmond-€™s focus often seems to be capturing the variety and character of California weather. In sunshine, moonlight, or fog, the spirit of California-€™s scenery never ceased to inspire him. He was particularly drawn to the oak studded hills around rural Parkfield CA.

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