Watercolor on paper painting of coastal waves and rocks, 15" by 21" (26" by 31" as framed), signed at lower left by the noted California artist and cinematic special effects pioneer FRED SERSEN (1890-1962). Sersen was a fine painter of landscape in oil and watercolor in Southern California, but his legacy (and he is truly considered a pioneer, visionary and legend in this field) consists of his enormous contributions to the special effects field in movie making with 20th Century Fox from the 1920's through the 1950's. Sersen was born in Czechoslovakia and was in the United States by age 17. After schooling in art a the Los Angeles School of Art and Design, the Portland (Oregon) Art Academy, and the San Francisco Institute of Art, he found his home in Southern California, working in the quickly developing special effects field in movie making. Sersen was head of the special effects department for years at 20th Century Fox, pioneering the use of miniatures, matte painting and other revolutionary techniques, which won him two Academy Awards, for "The Rains Came" (1940) and 1944's "Crash Dive", but he was nominated in many other years as well. He is credited with many of the advances which of course have now given way to computer-generated effects. Sersen was a member of the California Watercolor Society, and he exhibited in numerous venues throughout Southern California. This watercolor is fresh and in excellent condition.
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