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Granville Redmond Biography

Born in Philadelphia, PA, Redmond was rendered deaf by scarlet fever at age 3.  After moving with his family to San Jose, CA about 1874, he attended the Berkeley School for the Deaf.  There he was greatly influenced and encouraged in his art studies.  He entered the San Francisco School of Design where he studied with Mathews and Joullin.  He was awarded a scholarship for further study at the Academie Julian in Paris.  Returning to California in 1898, he took up residence in Los Angeles.  The years 1910-1917 were spent in Northern California, where he was a resident at different periods of San Mateo, Monterey County, and Belvedere.  In 1917 he became a bit player in the silent movies in Hollywood, becoming a good friend of Charlie Chaplin.  He had a studio on Chaplin’s movie lot and appeared in several of his movies.  One of the foremost exponents of Impressionism in California, he is internationally known for his landscapes of rolling hills of poppies and lupines, as well as coastals, moonlit scenes, and seascapes.