BRANDRIFF, George Kennedy (1890-1936). Painter, muralist.
George Brandriff was born on Feb. 13, 1890 in Milville, NJ. After moving to Orange, CA in 1913, Brandriff worked as a piano salesman. Shortly after his arrival he enrolled at the USC College of Dentistry and in 1918 opened a dental office in Hemet, CA. Without the benefit of formal training, Brandriff had been painting all his life. George Brandriff later had a few art lessons from Anna Hills, Carl Oscar Borg, Jack Wilkinson Smith, and in 1928 abandoned dentistry to devote full-time to art. After building a studio-home in Laguna Beach, Brandriff taught painting (Orrin White was one of his pupils) and served as president of the local art association. His subject matter included beach scenes, marines, mountain landscapes, still lifes, and figures. Many of George Brandriff's paintings were of the sea and fishermen around the Newport area. Stricken with cancer, his short career ended with his suicide on Aug. 14, 1936 in Laguna Beach.
Source: Edan Hughes, “Artists in California 1786-1940”
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