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Rex Brandt

California Watercolor Painter (1914-2000). 

Rex Brandt, a native Californian, is considered one of the most important and influential California watercolorists. 

STUDIED: Chouinard Art Institute (Los Angeles), University of California (Berkeley).

MEMBER: NAD, American Watercolor Society, California WC Society, Philadelphia WC Club.

Rex Brandt was a native Californian artist. He was raised in Southern California and in 1928, while still attending junior high school, began studying art at the Chouinard Art Institute. After a few years at Riverside Junior College, he continued his art education at the University of California (Berkeley), studying with John Haley.

By the time Rex returned to Southern California, the core group of California watercolor artists was already forming. Although Brandt was still quite young, the more established artists immediately recognized his artistic talent and readily accepted him into the group. Within a few years he was winning awards from art shows throughout Western America.

For a brief period, Brandt was involved with the P.WPA. Art Project and in 1939 was selected as one of the premier California watercolorists to exhibit in the New York World's Fair art exhibition, American Art Today. In the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s Rex refined his skills and developed the style of painting which would bring him international recognition.

Teaching art was also an important aspect of Brandt's career. In the early 1940s, he promoted watercolor workshops in San Diego. After World War II, he and Phil Dike formed the Brandt-Dike Summer School of Painting in Corona del Mar. This became one of the most successful watercolor schools in California during the 1950s era. From 1947 to 1952, he taught watercolor painting and composition classes at the Chouinard Art Institute. Through these classes and his eleven instructional books on watercolor painting, Brandt educated and inspired a large number of professional watercolor artists.

Rex Brandt biography provided courtesy of California Watercolors 1850-1970 By Gordon T. McClelland and Jay T. Last, via www.calart.com


Rex Brandt
West Coast Portfolio
Produced by the Brandt Painting Workshop
405 Goldenrod, Corona del Mar, Calif. 92625
–1977–

Original vintage prints over 40 years old!

The sheet size is 13" by 10" • Image size varies
Please click on the thumbnail images below for an enlarged view
(The Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on the actual vintage print)

San Diego California Rex Brandt
San Diego
Sheet size = 13" x 10", watercolor-type thick paper
$25
San Diego California Rex Brandt
Balboa Ferry (Newport Harbor)
Sheet size = 13" x 10", watercolor-type thick paper
$25
Crystal Cove Newport Laguna Rex Brandt
Crystal Cove
[between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, CA]
Sheet size = 10" x 13", watercolor-type thick paper
$25
Morey House Redlands by Rex Brandt
Morey House (Redlands)
Sheet size = 10" x 13", watercolor-type thick paper
$20
Clouds on the Ridge San Diego Mountains
Clouds on the Ridge (San Diego Mountains)
Sheet size = 13" x 10"
$25
Light on the Sea Newport Harbor REx Brandt print
Light on the Sea (Newport Harbor)
Sheet size = 13" x 10"
$25
Summer Sunday Sunset Rex Brandt print
Summer Sunday Sunset (Newport Harbor)
Sheet size = 13" x 10"
$25
Newport Beach Rex Brandt print
Newport Beach
Sheet size = 13" x 10"
$25
Summer Sunday Sunset Rex Brandt print
Easy Motion
Sheet size = 13" x 10"
$25
Sunday Regatta Rex Brandt print
Sunday Regatta
Sheet size = 13" x 10"
$25
Rocky Point Corna del Mar Rex Brandt print
Rocky Point (Corona del Mar)
Sheet size = 13" x 10"
$20
Thurso's Landing (Big Sur Coast) Rex Brandt print
Thurso's Landing (Big Sur Coast)
Sheet size = 13" x 10"
$20
Cajon Pass Rex Brandt print
Cajon Pass
Sheet size = 13" x 10"
$20
Edge of the Arroyo Redlands Rex Brandt print
Edge of the Arroyo (Redlands)
Sheet size = 13" x 10"
$20
West Anacapa Rex Brandt print
West Anacapa
Sheet size = 13" x 10"
$20
Oregon City (Willamette River) Rex Brandt print
Oregon City (Willamette River)
Sheet size = 13" x 10"
$20
Coast of Oregon (Depoe Bay) by Rex Brandt
Coast of Oregon (Depoe Bay)
Sheet size = 13" x 10"
$20
Pigeon Point Light Rex Brandt print
Pigeon Point Light
[Light House between Santa Cruz and San Francisco on Hwy 1]
Sheet size = 13" x 10"
$25
August Lopez island Rex Brandt
August. Lopez.

[Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington State]
Sheet size = 13" x 10"
$20
Boathouse at Yellow Island Rex Brandt
Boathouse at Yellow Island

[San Juan Islands of Washington State]
Sheet size = 13" x 10"
$20

The card below is not from the West Coast Portfolio. It was created in 1980 exclusively for sale in Darvill's Rare Print Shop when it was located on Orcas Island, WA. These cards are over 35 years old, not modern reproductions.

The card measures 6.25" by 9.25" when closed. The interior is blank for writing.

Orcas Landing Rex Brandt card
(front of card)
Orcas Landing Rex Brandt card
(back of card)
Orcas Landing (Orcas Island, Washington, in the San Juan Islands)
Rex Brandt greeting card exclusively available at Darvill's Rare Prints

Card size = 6.25" x 9.25" (blank inside)
Printed on cream-colored, linen-textured, thicker paper

$2.50 each
5 cards for $10
Salmon in the Straits  Rex Brandt card
(front of card)
Salmon in the Straits  Rex Brandt card
(back of card)
Salmon in the Straits (San Juan Island of Washington State)
Rex Brandt greeting card exclusively available at Darvill's Rare Prints

Card size = 9.25" x 6.25" (blank inside)
Printed on cream-colored, linen-textured, thicker paper

$2.50 each
5 cards for $10
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