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Artist Dorothy Stratton


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Dorothy Stratton (1909-2007) was a midcentury American painter and printmaker. She carried what the Washington Post described as a “brooding, gestural” style across both painting and printmaking, making a distinctive contribution to the southern California modernist movement from the 1950s through the 1970s.
 
Her work is in the permanent collections of the Georgetown University Fine Print Collection, the former Corcoran Gallery of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. It has also graced the walls of the World Bank, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Russia, the Long Beach Museum of Art, and U.S. embassies through the Arts in Embassies program.
 
She grew up in Sharon, Mass., and studied at Pratt Institute and the Brooklyn Museum School with Alexander Brook. She moved to Los Angeles in 1944, where she painted Tom and Jerry film cells for Warner Bros Studios and designed costumes and sets for Paramount Pictures and George Pal’s Puppetoons. In 1948, she married animator William Asbury King and spent two years studying painting in Paris with cubist and sculptor Andre Lhote at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere.
 
Her vivid abstract paintings gained attention in the early 1950s. Studying with Rico Lebrun at the University of California in Los Angeles, her first major solo at the Pasadena Museum of Art in 1959 signaled a deliberate shift to abstraction. She turned to printmaking in the 1960s in La Jolla, studying at the University of California at Los Angeles while traveling to Tunisia and Morocco to visit her family. In 1966-7 she worked as an assistant to printmaker Paul Lingren at the University of California at La Jolla and within a few years her mastery of etching, aquatint, drypoint, engraving, softground collograph, and mezzotint reversed her role from student to teacher. 
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