Wayne Thiebaud (American)
Born 1920, Mesa, Arizona
Lives and works in Sacramento, CA
WayneThiebaud is California’s POP art master. His characteristic work displays consumer objects, particularly food such as pies and cakes as they are seen in store windows. Thiebaud uses heavy pigment and exaggerated colors to depict his subjects. Well-defined shadows characteristic of advertisements (and one might say California Light) are almost always included. Objects are simplified into basic units but appear varied using seemingly minimal means.
As with many artists from the beginning of the POP art era in the early 1960’s, Wayne Thiebaud had underpinnings in the commercial art world, from having been a high school summer apprentice in the animation department of Walt Disney Studios to serving as an artist and cartoonist in the Air Force during World War II.
Wayne Thiebaud’s artworks are highly regarded internationally, with paintings, drawings and prints in almost every major art museum collection in the world. His work is also highly sought after by individual art collectors.