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Leon Gilmour
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Born 1907 in Riga (Latvia) Lived in Burlingame (1984) Leon Gilmour (1907-1996), printmaker, illustrator, teacher and art director, was born in Riga, Latvia. He immigrated to the United States in 1916 and settled for a brief period in Boston, where he studied at the School of Practical Art. Gilmour left Boston for the West Coast and, along the way, hired himself out to meet expenses; he worked as a farm hand, ranch hand, gold miner and truck driver and later culled from those experiences for his subject matter. After his long journey, he arrived in Los Angeles and enrolled at the Otis Art Institute where in 1931 he was introduced to woodengraving by Paul Landacre. He taught at the University of Southern California and also had successful careers as a designer, illustrator and art director. Gilmour was a member of the American Artist's Congress and his work has been exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Library, Laguna Art Museum, Otis Art Institute and numerous galleries in Southern California. Public collections holding his work included the Metropolitan Museum, Boston Public Library, Georgetown University, Achenbach Foundation, San Jose Museum of Art and the San Mateo County and the San Fernando Valley Historical Museums.