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Selden Connor Gile Biography

Born in Stowe, ME on March 20, 1877.  After attending business college in Maine, Gile moved to California in 1901.  He was a payroll master in Lincoln and in Oakland after 1905 for Gladding McBean Company.  His art studies were under Perham Nahl, Frank Von Sloun, Spencer Macky, William Clapp, and at the California College of Arts and Crafts.  Prior to 1914, he painted in the manner of classical California landscape painters such as William Keith.  After that time he assumed the palette and style of Impressionism-Fauvism, but remained an “individualist” in his mode of expressing the California scene.  During the 1920’s, he became the dominant figure in a group of painters known as the Society of Six.  The Six were active in the San Francisco Bay area and exhibited regularly at the Oakland Art Gallery.  In 1927 Gile moved across the Golden Gate to Tiburon and, shortly thereafter, to a houseboat in Belvedere.  Destitute and an alcoholic, he died at the poor farm in San Rafael, CA on June 8, 1947 and was buried in Mt. Tamalpais cemetery.