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John Emmett Gerrity
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Los Altos, CA
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Walnut Creek, CA
Born of Irish immigrants. Following graduation from Sacred Heart High School in San Francisco, Gerrity studied briefly at the CSFA. During the 1920s and 1930s he taught in his studios in SF and Berkeley and later at CSFA and UC Extension. In the 1930s he worked with Lucien Labaudt on several projects and designed sets for various theatre groups, lectured locally, and served as art critic for the SF Call-Bulletin. A lifelong resident of the Bay area, he died at Kaiser Hospital. Using a highly colorful palette, he worked in oil, watercolor, and gouache. His portraits, still lifes, landscapes and figures are executed in a bold, modern style reminiscent of Cezanne and Gauguin. He was often referred to as a synchromist due to his long association with Stanton MacDonald-Wright. (Hughes, Artists in California, 1989)