Wayne Thiebaud (American)
Wayne Thiebaud was born in Mesa, Arizona , and his family soon moved to Los Angeles in 1921. In high school he became interested in stage design and lighting, and worked part-time at a movie theater where he made posters for lobby displays. During this time he also worked as a summer apprentice in a program within the animation department of Walt Disney Studios. During World War II, Thiebaud served in the Air Force, assigned to the Special Services Department as an artist and cartoonist, and eventually transferred to the First Air Force Motion Picture Unit, commanded by Ronald Reagan.
It is not difficult to detect the influence that this commercial experience had on his later paintings attributed to Pop Art. Thiebaud's 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 are almost always included. Objects are simplified into basic units but appear varied using seemingly minimal means.
Wayne Thiebaud’s artworks are highly regarded internationally, with paintings, drawings and prints in almost every major museum collection in the world. He is truly one of the masters of POP.