Granville Redmond (1871-1935)
Granville Redmond is one of the most highly prized and sought-after early California Impressionists, and he is best known for landscapes with shadowy oaks and bright California poppies.
Deaf from the age of three from scarlet fever, Redmond and his family moved to San Jose, California in 1879 so he could attend the California School for the Deaf in Berkeley. While there, his teacher, Theophilus D’Estrella, a painter and photographer, encouraged Redmond’s artistic abilities. Redmond pursued further art study at the San Francisco School of Design and won a scholarship to Paris at Academie Julian. One of his paintings was accepted in the Paris Salon.
After a period of residence in various locations throughout California, Redmond returned to Los Angeles in 1917, where he sought work as a pantomime in silent films. Befriended by Charlie Chaplin, Redmond was provided a painting studio on the movie lot and had several minor roles in Chaplin films such as City Lights and A Dog’s Life. In between his work as an actor, Redmond devoted his time to painting. He often painted and sketched in Laguna Beach, and in 1918 he was a charter member of the Laguna Beach Art Association. Redmond continued to paint landscapes until his death in 1935.