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Featuring The Joshua Meador
Desert Paintings
by Kathi Hilton
Seascapes & Landscapes
by Alex Dzigurski II
Seascapes & Landscapes
by Linda Sorensen
Watercolors by
Jean Warren
Bodega Bay Photography by Diane Perry

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Joshua Meador often explained, "I'm first and foremost a painter. Disney is just my day job." ... so reminisced his son Phil at a previous exhibition of his dad's paintings.

Josh's wife Libby added "Josh loved working for Disney." She went explaining that animation was challenging and fulfilling for him, but Josh found his greatest artistic joy traveling throughout California and the American West painting landscapes.

Joshua Meador Caspar Reef Spray
Caspar Reef Spray 24 x 36

Joshua Meador Desert Planes
Desert Planes, 22 x 30
Joshua Meador Evenings Glow at Caspar Reef
Evening's Glow at Caspar Reef, 22 x 34

Joshua Meador Cliff Shpaes
Cliff Shapes, 24 x 36
Joshua Meador Full Bloom with Gold Frame
Full Bloom, 20 x 27

Josh explained his palette knife painting technique on film. To the right is 4 Artists Pain 1 Tree. It was first broadcast in April of 1958. Walt Disney introduces the film as he encourages young artists to develope their own style.

As Walt continues his narration, four of his studio artists demonstrate their technique while painting a California Live Oak tree. The four are Marc Davis, Eyvind Earle, Walt Peregoy, and Joshua Meador.

In his segment, Josh not only explains how he uses his palette knives, but also gives us a behind-the-scenes explanation how he achieved the animated effect of fairy dust for Sleeping Beauty.

Walt Disney introduces and narrates 4 Artists Paint 1 Tree
It features Joshua Meador demonstrating his palette knife painting technique.
Joshua Meador Generations with Frame
Generations, 22 x 30
Joshua Meador River Homes
River Homes, 20 x 27 SOLD

The Meador family is now making a portion of their collection available for sale. These family paintings have never been exhibited before. They are expressive with sophisticated composition and exhibit intriguing notes of modernity and mood.

Joshua's idea of fun was painting. When vacation time arrived, the family would pack up their wood paneled station wagon and tear drop trailer to head out for painting adventures.

One of their favorite destinations was Bodega Bay and the sights of Sonoma County. Our gallery has seen about 15 paintings done here in the late 1940's and early 1950's.

Joshua Meador Left by the Tide
Left by the Tide, 20 x 27

Joshua Meador Sierra Wilds
Sierra Wilds, 24 x 34
Joshua Meador Taos Pow-Wow
Taos Pow-Wow, 18 x 24

Josh attended the Art Institute of Chicago during the Great Depression, from 1931 and graduating cum laude in 1935. He began at the Disney Studios in 1936 and quickly rose to become the studio's Director of Animation Effects.

Joshua Meador Sheep Ranch Mendocino
Sheep Ranch Mendocino, 24 x 34

His paintings have been exhibited at the Museum of New Mexico, the Los Angeles Museum of Art, the Greek Theatre of Los Angeles, the de Young Museum and the Walt Disney Family Museum of San Francisco.

He participated in art shows for the city of Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, the Walnut Creek Festival, the Palace of the Legion of Honor, the Pasadena Art Museum, the national Academy of Design, and the Sierra Madre Library. He has had one-man shows at the Lone Galleries of Los Angeles, the Ruthermore Galleries in San Francisco and the Carmel Highland Gallery in Carmel.

He was elected as a Fellow to the International Institute of Arts and Letters. He was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Laguna Beach Art Association, the Carmel Art Association, and the honorary art fraternity Delta Phi Delta.

Josh's art was widely collected, and among some of the more notable collectors included Walt Disney, George Montgomery, Fred McMurray and President Lyndon Johnson. Just prior to his death in August of 1965, Josh was named to be the artist to do a portrait of the first astronauts returning from landing on the moon. His untimely death did not allow him the honor of fulfilling this honor.

Joshua Meador Wild is the Wind
Wild is the Wind, 24 x 34
Joshua Meador Secret
Secret, 22 x 30
Joshua Meador Road to Mt. Whitney
Road to Mt. Whitney, 20 x 27
Joshua Meador South Nevada
South Nevada, 22 x 30
Joshua Meador Composed by the Ocean 289
Composed by the Ocean, 24 x 30

Joshua Meador Summit
Summit, 22 x 30
Joshua Meador To Water
To Water, 22 x 30
Joshua Meador Caspar Inlet
Caspar Inlet, 16 x 12
Joshua Meador Tidepools 1905
Tidepools #1905, 12 x 16
Joshua Meador Fun Time
Fun Time, (King Arthur Carousel at Disneyland)
22 x 30

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