Art Exhibit of Original Naval Paintings Traveling to the Santa Barbara
Maritime Museum in December!
Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor
Way, Santa Barbara
When: December 3, 2020-May 30, 2021
by: George H. & Olive J. Griffiths Charitable
Foundation, Mimi Michaelis, Alice Tweed Tuohy Foundation, and Wood-Claeyssens
The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
is delighted to announce that Arthur
Beaumont: Art of the Sea--an exhibit of 53 paintings chronicling the
accomplishments of the US Navy, from the USS Constitution to
atomic bomb tests and expeditions to the North and South Poles—will be at the
Museum for just six months, the last show on the West Coast before it leaves
for the East Coast. Beaumont used Impressionist techniques in painting the
stunning images in this exhibit and in capturing the majesty of the oceans and
the vessels that sail them.
In addition to Beaumont’s paintings, the show will be
accompanied by a book of his life and art, also entitled Arthur Beaumont: Art of the
Sea, written by Beaumont’s son Geoffrey Campbell Beaumont and published by The
Irvine Museum in Irvine, California. Then, on January 21, 2021, the author will
offer a presentation about the exhibit and his father’s life as part of SBMM’s
distinguished lecture series.
Arthur Beaumont (1890-1978) was born in Norfolk
County, England and came to the US in 1908 to study art at Berkeley, before
moving to Los Angeles and opening his first commercial art studio in 1917.
After studying further with other artists in the US and Europe and teaching art
and watercolor painting, Beaumont received a commission as a lieutenant in the
Navy and became the “Artist of the Fleet” by 1933. His earliest paintings showed
naval vessels in various settings and states of preparedness, but following
Pearl Harbor, his work supported the US war effort and reflected dramatic life
or death struggles in the Pacific and, in 1944, he was given the official title
of War Correspondent.
Following the end of World War II, Beaumont
became the official artist for Operation Crossroads, documenting the Navy’s
first tests of the nuclear bomb, and continued to travel with and paint for the
US Navy on missions to China and Japan. In addition to his work during the
Korean War, in the production of movies, in private commissions and personal
painting, Beaumont accepted three assignments from the Navy in the 1950s and
60s to paint frozen landscapes in Alaska and Antarctica. Over the remaining
years of his life, he painted the RMS Queen Mary as it arrived in Los Angeles,
a series of Revolutionary War-era sailing vessels, portraits of prominent naval
officers, and operations along the Mekong River during the Vietnam War.