Sacramento art icon, Wayne Thiebaud dies at 101

Californian painter Wayne Thiebaud died at the age of 101 on Saturday in his Sacramento home.

SACRAMENTO, Calif .– California painter Wayne Thiebaud died at the age of 101 on Saturday in his Sacramento home.

His Acquavella gallery confirmed the artist’s death with an Instagram post.

“An American icon, Wayne has led his life with passion and determination, inspired by his love for teaching, tennis and most of all, making art,” Acquavella Galleries wrote in the post. “Even at 101, he still spent most of his days in the studio, driven by, as he described it with his characteristic humility, ‘that almost neurotic fixation of trying to learn to paint.'”

Thiebaud is known for using bright colors and painting everyday objects, such as pies, cakes and gumballs.

“Rather than painting from life, Thiebaud represented these objects from memory, drawing on nostalgic memories of bakeries and diners from his youth and contemporary commercial imagery,” according to Acquavella Galleries.

The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento celebrated its 100th anniversary last year with an exhibition of his paintings, prints and drawings. The exhibition was open from October 16, 2020 to January 3, 2021.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg tweeted on the death of Thiebaud.

“Wayne Thiebaud was not only a brilliant artist but a wonderful man who remained devoted to Sacramento and its surrounding landscapes despite the lure of fame and fortune”, Steinburg wrote. “It was a life well lived. He will be missed.”

See a slideshow of his various works on the Acquavella website.

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