PHIL DIKE 1906-1990

Philip Latimer Dike was born in Redlands, California. He studied art in Los Angeles with Frank Tolles Chamberlin and Clarence Hinkle, and continued in New York with George Bridgman, Frank Vincent Dumond and, privately, with George Luks. He then traveled to Fontaine, France, where he learned fresco painting and mural decoration.

By the early 1930s Dike was recognized as one of the leading artists working in the California Style of watercolor painting. He has remained an influential artist and teacher since that time.

His paintings from the pre-World War II years showed a somewhat regional style and subject matter. Some featured rural California while others depicted industrial scenes. After the mid-1940s he often chose to paint beach city subjects and abstract interpretations of natural forms found on or near the seashore. From the 1950s to the 1970s Dike's work became more and more abstract. Late in his career he began to write poetry, which became as important to him as his painting.

With Rex Brandt, he founded a summer school of painting. One summer, he arranged to lease the entire afterdeck of a four-masted fishing schooner anchored opposite the pier in Laguna Beach, where he held class for twenty students five days a week. In 1950, he joined the faculty of Scripps  College in Claremont. After his retirement in 1970, he remained in Claremont, continuing to paint and counsel students who would seek his guidance.

Dike's works were included in the California Group shows and have been in every major exhibition of California watercolor artists since the mid-1930s . He was president of the California Water Color Society and taught art at the university level for many years. In addition to painting, he produced murals for public buildings; mosaic decorations and altar pieces for churches; and limited edition lithographs and serigraphs.

(Biographical material taken  in part from American Scene Painting, California 1930s & 1940s, eds. Westphal & Dominik.)

Painting in the Permanent Collection:

Clustered Boats
Signed “Phil Dike”, lower right
Lithograph, 18” x 13”, no date
gift of Harriet White estate
Value at acquisition: $100


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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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David Allen
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