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Historical Artist - Ralston Crawford (1906 - 1978)

From 1926 to 1927, Ralston Crawford followed his father’s footsteps and became a sailor. He then studied art in Los Angeles and worked as a illustrator at Walt Disney’s studio for a short period of time. He spent the next ten years of his life living a nomadic lifestyle, studying art and exhibiting his work. He originally was a painter whose style was indicative of the Precisionist movement that was popular in the 1920’s and 30’s. In 1937, Crawford took up photography and began documenting his travels. The 1950’s brought him in contact with the black jazz musicians in New Orleans and Louisiana and became his primary theme. Also a film artist, he premiered his first piece, Various Depths in 1969. Despite the cancer he suffered from beginning in 1971, Crawford continued to travel and create work until his death in 1978. Crawford was best known for his abstract representations of urban life and industry. His early work placed him with Precisionist artists like Niles Spencer and Charles Sheeler. Here, the focus was on realistic, sharp portrayals of factories, bridges, and shipyards.

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