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George Brandriff (1890-1936)
Born in Milville, New Jersey in 1890, Brandriff was a resident of that state until 1913 when he moved to Orange, California. While in New Jersey he had been the manager of a piano store, and Brandriff continued in that line of work when he arrived in California. Deciding to change careers, Brandriff enrolled and graduated from the School of Dentistry at USC.
With a practice in Hemet, CA, and a new wife, Francis Conder encouraging him to take lessons, Brandriff very briefly took painting lessons from Anna Hills and Carl Oscar Borg. From 1921-1928 Brandriff worked at his dental practice while dutifully painting on weekends, and in 1928 he closed his practice to devote himself to painting full-time.
Rebelling against the bucolic plein air vistas that dominated the canvases of his peers, George Brandriff was inventive and often unique in his subject matter. During the years 1934-1936, Brandriff served as the President of the Laguna Beach Art Association, an organization with which he was closely allied. George Brandriff died in a drowning incident in Laguna Beach in 1936.
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