REX BRANDT  1914-2000

Rex Brandt was born in San Diego, California. His family moved to Riverside, California in the early 1920s. Brandt began painting with watercolors at about age sixteen. He attended the Chouinard Art Institute while still in high school and later continued his art education at the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his way by painting for the National Park Service.

During the 1930s Brandt taught art at Riverside Community College while producing Regionalist style watercolors of the Southern California landscape.  After the 1940s, he painted many harbor and beach scenes in abstract and cubistic styles. He and Phil Dike co-founded the Brandt-Dike Summer School of  Painting at Corona Del Mar, California. Brandt wrote eleven books on watercolor painting and contributed to twelve more on the same subject. His illustrations have appeared in many nationally-distributed magazines. He made six educational films and produced several large murals.

Brandt's paintings were included in the California Group exhibitions. He is recognized as one of the most skilled watercolor artists who worked on the West Coast. He was president of the California Water Color Society, vice-president of the American Watercolor Society and a director of the W.P.A, art project in the 1930s.

(Biographical information taken from The California Style, McClelland & Last.)

Click on a thumbnail below to see an enlarged image and start a slide show of Brandt works.

Paintings in the Permanent Collection:

Day at Corona del Mar
Signed “Brandt”, lower right
Oil, 29” x 39”, 1943
1944 gift of the artist
Picnic at Rockport
Signed “Brandt”, lower right
Casein, 17” x 27”, dated 1940
1986 gift of Helen and Francis Line
Storm, 1944
Signed “Rex Brandt”, left center
Watercolor, 19” x 26”, 1944
1981 gift of Mrs. Sanford Ballou (Marian)
Value at acquisition: $1,800


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CCMA is an arts organization with the word community as part of its name. And so we grieve with communities of color in our city, our country and the world, for the death of George Floyd and all the others before him who have been disadvantaged, suffered and died because of the color of their skin.
As we have seen over the past few weeks, collective grief can be channeled into positive actions that change institutions and systems to create a more just society. CCMA intends to be part of that change.

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CCMA is managing the public art program at  Ontario International Airport. Exhibits featuring the art of 20 regional artists may be seen in the passenger arrival/departure area of Terminals 2 and 4.

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Open Studio at CCMA is a place for artists to come together and create art in the presence of other artists. It is intended to foster creativity, exchange, conversation, encouragement and freedom of artistic expression. All artists are welcome and invited to participate. Every Friday from 11 am to 3 pm at the museum.

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View highlights of Sheets, Sheets & Caughman CCMA/OMHA exhibition
Art for Living and Living for Art
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Joe Blackstock

Inland Valley historian Joe Blackstock visits CCMA to view the nine paintings of the Barbara Line Memorial Collection. Click here to view article.
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Suzanne Sproul

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin columnist Suzanne Sproul reports on the Sheets, Sheets & Caughman exhibit Art for Living and Living for Art. To view the article, click here. Read about CCMA's 75th anniversary in 2016 by clicking here. 

David Allen
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin columnist David Allen visits CCMA's outdoor sculpture at the front of the museum. The sculpture was created by Fullmer Construction superintendent Gary Rue entirely from materials leftover from construction the parking lot next door. Click here to see a photo and read David's blog.

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