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Joshua Meador: Palette Knife
Impressionism informed by Modern Art

Winter-Spring, 2016

Joshua Meador Palette Knife in Hand
Joshua Meador's Palette Knife in Hand
from Walt Disney's 4 Artists Paint 1 Tree,
a short film shown on Disney's TV show in 1958
featuring Josh and three other Disney artists
demonstrating and explaining their painting technique.

Joshua Meador considered himself an impressionist, but that impressionism could be informed by modern art.

"I think I'm inclined toward impressionism ... I want to paint and interpret the way I feel and not be influenced by any one school. ... I like to select a subject according to the emotional quality and enjoy painting it emotionally rather than breaking it down to rule, form or dynamic symmetry."

"Joshua Meador's landscapes are free, breezy, vigorous, full of subtle touches of painter-craft to suggest movement and atmosphere and relationships in space." -- ... SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE ART CRITIC, ALFRED FRANKENSTEIN

"Joshua Meador has the happy faculty of seeing a picture in everything from wharves to hills and paints his scenes with striking realism ... sees the outdoors with fresh eyes and a good sense of what many people can enjoy.

"Joshua Meador is highly individualistic and his technique definitely his own. ... He is able to produce a feeling of boldness with restraint, and create in the beholder the mood which the artist is endeavoring to express! We are in for an artistic treat through the visit and demonstration of Joshua Meador." 

Joshua Meador at easel Garrapata State Beach
Joshua Meador painting at his easel
at Garrapata State Beach,
just south of Carmel between 1955 and 1960.

An effects reel, offering a sampling of
Joshua Meador's contributions to Disney animation.
His son Philip Meador described his dad's Disney career saying,
"Josh put the fairy dust in Tinkerbell and the "Z" in Zorro.

Today, Joshua Meador is revered as one of the pioneering fathers of early animation. He was Walt Disney Studios Director of Animation Effects for nearly 30 years!

After graduating the Art Institute in Chicago, Josh began at Disney Studios as lead animator for 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Two years later, he was one of the directors of Fantasia. He made major contribtions to all the Disney classics of the late 1930's through the 1950's, including being part of the effects team which won an Oscar for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

MGM thought highly of Josh's skills and convinced Walt Disney to loan Josh to them for their Sci Fi classic film Forbidden Planet.

While living in Mendocino in 1963, Josh was called down to Disney Studios to assist filming and mixing the animation and live action for Mary Poppins. He was on the blank sync stage directing Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke in full costume to hit their marks to match animation already "in the can." Josh then mixed the scene, penquin by penquin, frame by frame.

Here are some of our Joshua Meador fine art palette knife paintings currently on exhibit and available for sale.

Joshua Meador's Impressionist palette knife paintings
Joshua Meador Smoke Trees
Smoke Trees 20 x 27
Disney Collection
Joshua Meador Forum
Forum 22 x 30
Disney Collection
Joshua Meador Patriarch
Patriarch 22 x 30
Meador Family Collection

Joshua Meador Pow Wow Midsized Thumbnail
Pow Wow 18 x 14
Disney Collection
Joshua Meador Wild is the Wind
Wild is the Wind 24 x 34
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador Wild is the Wind
Playground 18 x 24

Joshua Meador Veiled Morning
Veiled Morning 20 x 27
Joshua Meador Sheep Ranch Mendocino
Sheep Ranch Mendocino 24 x 34
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador Generations
Generations 22 x 30
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador Rural Delivery
Rural Delivery 20 x 27
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador Silvery Beach Carmel
Silvery Beach, Carmel 22 x 30
Joshua Meador Carmel Coast Midsized Thumbnail
Carmel Coast 20 x 27
Joshua Meador Caspar Reef Spray
Caspar Reef Spray 24 x 36
Meador Family Collection

Joshua Meador Shoreline
Shoreline 16 x 12
Joshua Meador Point Arena Light
Point Arena Light 12 x 16
Joshua Meador Tending the Net
Tending the Net 36 x 30
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador Waiting at Noyo
Waiting at Noyo 20 x 27
Joshua Meador Caspar Point
Caspar Point 22 x 34
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador Cannery Row
Cannery Row 22 x 30
And here are some Joshua Meador paintings, more informed by modern art Joshua Meador To Water Midsized Thumbnail
"To Water" 22 x 30
Joshua Meador Fun Time
Fun Time, King Arthur Carousel,
Disneyland, 22 x 30 SOLD
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador Sur Montage Midsized Thumbnail
Sur Montage 20 x 27
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador Perimeter
Perimeter 27 x 40
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador Finale Midsized Thumbnail
Finale 12 x 27
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador Bach Sonata for Cello
Bach Sonata for Cello 18 x 24
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador Amusement Park
Amusement Park 18 x 24
Meador Family Collection
Aria Da Capo Joshua Meador midsized Thumb
Aria Da Capo 8 x 10, Fantasy
Concept Meador family collection

Joshua Meador Fantasy Concept Painting Midsized Thumbnail
Untitled, Fantasy Concept 18 x 14
Meador Family Collection

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