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Robert Clifford Rishell (1917 - 1976)  Artworks >>

Organizations* : NAWA

Born in Oakland, CA on Feb. 14, 1917. Rishell graduated from Fremont High School where he was awarded an art scholarship to study at the CCAC (1938). At that school he was greatly influenced by Xavier Martinez. After serving in the U.S. Navy in WWII, he obtained his teaching credentials at UC Berkeley. His work includes murals, landscapes, portraits and scenes of the Indian country of Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona. A lifelong resident of Oakland, Rishell died on June 29, 1976. His father was the mayor of Oakland from 1949-61. Member: SWA; Nat'l Academy of Western Artists; Oakland Citizen Art Council; Bohemian Club. Exh: Society for Sanity in Art, CPLH, 1945; SF Bay area. Awards: dozens at De Young Museum; Calif. State Fairs. In: Calif. State Capitol (Ronald Reagan); Oakland Public Library (portrait of his father); World Trade Center, SF (mural); Oakland Museum (mural); Bank of Calif., Oakland (mural); Palm Springs Desert Museum; Nat'l Cowboy Hall of Fame (Gene Autry); Treasure Island Naval Base; West Point Museum; Naval Academy Museum (Annapolis); Indianapolis Museum; UC Berkeley; University of Chicago; Bohemian Club. Reference:

  • NAWA = National Academy of Western Artists
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