Los Angeles

Clarence Hinkle and William Rohrbach

Esther Bear Gallery, San­ta Barbara

Clarence Hinkle (1880–1960) was a vigorous, honest, unpretentious painter who painted all his life, seriously and daily. He was a regional painter, a California painter in the best sense of the word, but in no way provincial. His brush was limber, his world expansive, and his paint rich, generous and controlled. There was no confusion in Hinkle’s mind as to the excitement or demand of his world of art; he was a thorough investigator, and a scientifically devoted scholar. His pictorial statements are beautifully constructed and purposeful. The moods of the paintings range from the tender Along the Balustrade to the strong and vigorous Back of Mt. Wilson, and the Laguna Beach series, of twenty-five to thirty years later. His work emerges as a significant accomplishment.

William Rohrbach has been a member of the faculty of the Art Department at UCSB since 1951. His show is primarily composed of color-vibrant, hard-edged, geometric abstractions—prismatic forms interwoven with passages of color. Of particular note is a free, organic painting entitled Landscape.

Harriette von Breton