Sunday, January 11, 2009

Liliane Flaherty Kirby


Look familiar ?

Like -- maybe another winter expedition
by the Plein Air Painters of Chicago ?

Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower

Well.... kind of....
only these watercolors were done
many decades ago
by Liliane Kirby,
the winner of our Gold Medal Award in 1977,
who recently celebrated
her 100th birthday.

Rush Street

Queen of the Missions, Santa Barbara

She grew up in Chicago,
attended the Art Institute and Chicago Academy of Fine Arts,
and like many other leading Chicago artists,
won a purchase award from the Union League Club.

But then,
for some reason
(perhaps the Chicago winters ???)
she moved to the West Coast,
(as many other historic P&C members had done)

and her landscapes turned from frosty
to bright, warm, and sunny.

Santa Barbara Wharf

Yes... she's really good,

and it's rather incredible
that this page is currently
the only place on the internet
where her work can be found.

Harbor ,Santa Barbara

View from Loma Alta, Santa Barbara

Chinatown, San Francisco

Bayside Mexico

St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Ross Castle Ruin, Killarney, Ireland

Happy Birthday, Liliane Kirby!

Let's hope the rest of us
live as long,
and paint as well,
as you have.

(and this painting
was donated to the P&C
by the artist)

(this image was sent by a collector)


Blogger Julie said...

Liliane is an amazing artist and a amazing woman. I am in love with many of her paintings. I love the water tower in the snow and also the floral paintings and so many more. Santa Barbara is lucky to have this gracful lady in our town. Thank you to the P&C for thsi blog.
Julie Strand

January 11, 2009  
Blogger *~Mandy~* :) said...

Those are all truly amazing!!!
They are gorgeous!!

January 12, 2009  

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