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John Gamble (1863-1957)
John Gamble was born in Morristown, New Jersey in 1863. As a teenager, Gamble’s family moved to Auckland, New Zealand, and upon his return to the states, Gamble found himself living in San Francisco, where he began his formal art training at the School of Design. Further study in Paris followed at the Academie Julian and on his return to the U.S. he again settled in San Francisco, setting up a studio for himself.
When the earthquake and fire of 1906 destroyed the city and his studio, Gamble moved south to Santa Barbara, where his palette would brighten tremendously. While in San Francisco, Gamble had adopted a classic, formal academic, near tonal style, which gave way in Santa Barbara to much brighter plein air compositions.
Never a commercial artist, John Gamble supported himself solely through the sale of his canvases, as well as his 25-year post as color consultant for the Santa Barbara Board of Architectural Review. Following a stroke in his studio, John Gamble died in Santa Barbara in 1957.
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