Stanton MacDonald-Wright

(1890-1973)

Stanton MacDonald-Wright was a well educated early Modernist. He began his academic career at the Art Students League in LA (1904-05) then traveled to Paris to study (1907-09) at the Acadamie Julian and the Ecole Des Beaux Arts (1909-12). MacDonald-Wright is credited for inventing "Synchronism", a style in which form is generated by color. The use of color was governed by natural laws that endow each color with its own character and emotional quality. He was active on the East Coast until his move to Santa Barbara in 1919, where he taught at the ASL for eight years. He took up an interest in Eastern philosophy and approach to art and his own work moved between pure abstraction to figuration throughout his career. MacDonald-Wright produced the first full-length, stop motion film ever made in full color for which he created 500 pastel drawings and designed synchromatic theater sets. He also served as the regional adviser in seven states for the WPA in the 1930s.