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Painter James McBride

Painter James McBride

These two beautiful laminated placemats were a lucky find at a thrift store many months ago. They are from 1973 and were manufactured by AmericaMark. They immediately caught my eye because (a) I love San Francisco and (b) I love mid-century paintings in this style. 

The paintings are from watercolor and acrylic artist James McBride (1923-1980). A bit of surfing on the 'net gave me little information about him. He was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was a WWII US Army vet. James studied at Fort Wayne Institute and Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts. He was married with four sons. Sadly he left the world too soon. It would be great if more of his work starts to surface. His work is too beautiful to stay obscure.

The curviest street in the world – Lombard Street

The iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

Below is a painting by James of the Travis Bay Area. This painting was "Best in Show" at the 1978 Ft. Wayne Artist Guild Show. This painting sold via Live Auctioneers. One very lucky person is now enjoying this beautiful work of art. Dreamy, isn't it?

I found one set of Bicentennial placemats with Mr. McBride's paintings on Etsy. If you're interested in owning a piece of this talented artist, click here.

Paper People Book

Paper People Book

Springtime Fashion on Etsy

Springtime Fashion on Etsy