Famous for his images of popular consumer items, Wayne Thiebaud, born 1920, pursued a range of creative occupations before enrolling in postgraduate study at Sacramento State College at the age of 30. Prior to this artistic training he worked as a cartoonist and graphic designer, an artist in the US Navy, an apprentice in the Walt Disney Studios and even in the food industry—all of which are reflected in his apparently ironic interest in commonplace subject matter. Thiebaud was included in the seminal 1962 Pop Art exhibition New painting of common objects at Pasadena Art Museum, alongside Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and others.

The artist first took up printmaking in 1964, and the 1968 prints in the National Gallery’s Kenneth Tyler Collection are typical of his strong, repetitive compositions and fascination with familiar, everyday objects. Wayne Thiebaud has remained active in the arts community throughout his career, as a mentor, teacher and member of various artists’ cooperatives.
Gwen Horsfield
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Last updated April 2014