San Gabriels

Road to the San Gabriels, Joseph Frey

Road to the San Gabriels, Joseph Frey (1892-1977), 20×24, oil on canvas, circa 1938, hand-carved wood frame.

Jospeh P. Frey (1892-1977) was an American landscape painter born in Walla Walla, Washington.

Frey began studying art at the AIC when he was 16. He opened his first studio in 1915 in San Francisco during the Panama–Pacific International Exposition, celebrating the completion of the Panama Canal. Frey painted many harbor scenes in and around the bay.

After serving in WWI, he sailed out of San Francisco and spent many years at sea working as a chef and studying painting in various ports. By 1928 he had settled in southern California where he lived and worked as a chef in Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara. Frey died in Hawthorne, California.
Member: Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles, IfJ CA&A; PF; SCA; Palm Springs Life, May 1967. Source: Moran Auctioneers