For your consideration, a circa 1960 mixed media painting attributed to the Mendocino, California artist Jim Bertrand (1920-2006). The work on paper is created in watercolor and tempura and features stylized abstract geometric forms of houses over lighter geometric shapes and forms. The color palette is mostly grays and blacks, with international red windows and shading. The painting is in excellent condition and measures matted 23” x 17”, framed 31” x 25” and is notated on the lower left “1960”. Though unsigned, the painting is guaranteed to be by Jim Bertram; the painting is identical in subject and paint handling to other images that made up Bertram’s circa 1960’s works, and the painting was found in the art community of Mendocino, California, Bertram’s home and art studio for many years.
Jim Bertram Artist was an art student in his hometown of Detroit when he joined the Navy at the start of World War II. After the war, Jim lived in Sausalito. A friend moved to the Mendocino area and her letters inspired Jim to take up residence on the coast. He was one of the original members of the artist community of Northern California coastal village of Mendocino; a group which included William Zaccha, Dora Bothwell, and Emmy Lou Packard.
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