- TITLE: Pot and Shovel
- SIZE: 10″ X 18″
- MEDIUM: Oil on Board
- SIGNED: Initialed
Axton was born in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas on June 28, 1922. Raised and educated on Army posts in various parts of the U.S. Studied at the Georgia School of Technology, earned a BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design (Missouri) in 1951, and a MFA from the Yale Univ. School of Fine Art in 1954 where he studied with Joseph Albers, Ad Reinhardt and Stuart Davis.
His early work was comprised of detailed abstract designs and patterns which comprised the whole. Later his paintings concentrated on the details of realism, incorporating historical artifacts, primarily from the Southwest. Taught design at the University of California, Berkeley in 1966.
Exhibitions: California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1964; San Francisco Museum of Art, 1965.
John Thomas Axton III died September 4, 2009 at his home in Dolores Heights, San Francisco, California.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle (October 2, 2009)
Susan Craig, “Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)”
Who’s Who in American Art. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1936-1970; Falk, Peter, Ed. Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975: 400 Years of Artists in America. Madison, CT: Sound View Press, c1999. 3v.; http://www.totalartsgallery.com/artist/John_Axton.html, accessed June 11, 2008.
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.