George Gibson, N.A. Biography

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George Gibson, N.A. (1904-2001) Born: Edinburgh, Scotland; Studied: Edinburgh College of Art, Glasgow School of Art, Chouinard Art Institute (Los Angeles); Member: National Academy of Design, American Watercolor Society, California Water Color Society. George Gibson grew up in Northern Scotland. In 1930, he imigrated from scotland to the United States and settled in Los Angeles where he continued his art education with F. Tolles Chamberlin. After serving in the United States Marine Corps in World War II, he began to exhibit his watercolor paintings on a professional level. Since then, he has taken painting trips to many remote areas of the state and become nationally recognized for his representational depictions of the California landscape.

Gibson worked as an artist in the motion picture industry for thirty-five years. He started as a painter of storyboard illustrations and eventually became head of the scenic art department at M.G.M. Studios. In the late 1940s, he was on the board of the California Watercolor Society and in 1951 was the society’s president.

Biographical information:

Interview with George Gibson, 1983.

Biography courtesy of California Watercolors 1850-1970,

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California Watercolor Society, 1948 



George Gibson backing as used for a special effects set up at MGM for A GUY NAMED JOE (1944)