Historical Landscape Paintings of Marin County
January 23 - March 28, 2021
Curated by Alfred Harrison and Elia Haworth
In the early twentieth century, Jack Wisby (1869-1940) painted evocative scenes celebrating the beauty and diversity of Marin County’s landscape. A prolific and accomplished artist, Wisby painted works that are both a pleasure to the eye and a fascinating window into the region’s past. In this exhibition his paintings, drawn from private collections, historical societies and museums, present views that we still savor today; a sweeping vista from Mill Valley to San Francisco Bay; Mount Tamalpais seen from Belvedere; rolling hills and ranch land from Novato to Point Reyes Station, Tomales Bay viewed from Inverness, Brighton Beach at Bolinas and Stinson Beach in the curve of coastline. Wisby immigrated to San Francisco from England in 1890, and with his artist wife purchased land in Bolinas in 1915 where they built a home with panoramic views of Bolinas Lagoon, the ridge, and the ocean that were often the subjects of his paintings.
This exhibition is co-curated by Bolinas Museum Curator of Coastal Marin Art and History Elia Haworth and Alfred Harrison, owner of North Point Gallery and one of the Bay Area’s foremost experts on early Bay Area California paintings. The handsome catalog by Harrison that accompanies the exhibition clarifies historic facts and illuminates insights into Wisby’s life, his inspirations and his passion for landscape painting.