Abstract Artist - Florence Arnold

Artist Florence Arnold is known for her ‘hardedge’ minimal style of painting. Her papers and memorabilia have been housed at the Smithsonian Institution since 1976. Her paintings have traveled internationally and have been exhibited in Madrid, Copenhagen, Florence, Rome, Milan and Venice. Arnold’s work resembles the art of a person who has been painting a lifetime. But this classic abstract creator did not pick up her first brush until she was 50 years old. In a chance encounter at Fullerton Union High School she was stopped in the hallway and told to hurry and fill a seat in art class. This was her first dip in the art world. As she entered a “man’s” world of abstract painting, she was often asked if she felt much injustice from the male ‘competition’. With her incredible wit, she
would simply answer, “I know I’m better then them, I can paint and cook a pot roast at the same time. None of them can make a pot roast.”

Arnold taught music in the local school system for nearly four decades. She passed away at 93, in her home in Fullerton, in 1994. Find out more about her at the Fullerton Museum Center (Foyer Gallery - 301 N. Pomona Ave). Exhibit ends May 16th. Call for hours 714-738-6545.

 

Written by Susie Dittmar

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