DOUGLASS EWELL PARSHALL 1899 -1990 New York Santa Barbara CA


Douglass Ewell Parshall was born in New York City on November 19, 1899. As a child he began to draw under the guidance of his father, Dewitt. By age ten he was painting landscapes, and at fifteen he had one of his works exhibited at the National Academy of Design. He later studied briefly at the Art Students League in New York City, Académie Julian in Paris, the Boston Museum School, and with Frank M. Fletcher.

In 1917 he settled in Santa Barbara, California with his family and established a studio in Alexander Harmer’s old adobe. Parshall traveled extensively seeking subject matter in the remote corners of the world. Using mixed media, his subject matter is very diverse including landscapes with figures, portraits, and horses. His works won many awards in California exhibitions. During the 1960s and 1970s he taught portraiture at the Santa Barbara Art Institute. Parshall died at his home in Montecito near Santa Barbara on August 29, 1990.

Douglass Ewell Parshall was a member of the National Academy of Design; Society of Western Artists; California Art Club; Painters of the West; Santa Barbara Art Association; Los Angeles Art Association; California Watercolor Society (president 1947-48).

His exhibitions include Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1918, 1921; National Academy of Design, New York City, 1924, 1927 (Hallgarten prize); Century of Progress, Chicago, 1933; De Young Museum, San Francisco, 1935; Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco, 1939; Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, 1942; California Watercolor Society, 1958, 1962, 1965 (prize).

Parshall’s works are in the collections of Warner Brothers Theater, Hollywood (murals); Santa Barbara Jr. High School (murals); Syracuse Museum, New York; Reading Museum, Pennsylvania; Kansas City Museum; San Diego Museum; National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Detroit Museum; M. H. de Young Museum, San Francisco; Oakland Museum; Santa Barbara Museum.



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