Visit Gina M. Woodruff gallery and check out a collection of Bill Dunbar's amazing wood sculptures. Bill's works are likened to the Middle Century Modern style. Join us for a Reception and Social. RSVP required to be on the guest list.
Bill Dunbar – January 11, 1916 – December 27, 2016
Bill Dunbar majored in art in high school and graduated at the top of his class, but at the bottom of the Great Depression, in 1934. With gainful employment in art seeming rather elusive, he embarked on a career in engineering after graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in aeronautical engineering in 1940.
While working for Douglas Aircraft in El Segundo, California, he acquired his Contractor's License in the mid-forties and designed and built his own house in Manhattan Beach, creating a warm home environment with built-in wood cabinets, wood bed frames with drawers underneath and an L-shaped bar separating the kitchen from the family room.
After spending 40 years in the aerospace industry, he retired in the early 80's. After his retirement, Bill drifted back into art and literature. He was an accomplished sculptor, turning his garage into his studio. He was a member of the Cerritos Art Association and won several blue ribbons at local art shows. He also wrote six books, five of which are illustrated with his drawings in black pen and colored pencil. His wood working skills ran the gamut from coffee and end tables to wall clocks to turned candle holders and finally to his most interesting achievements — free form contemporary wood sculpture.
A big proponent of healthy diet and exercise, Bill lived a long and productive life. A widower since 2001, he passed away peacefully on December 27, 2016, just two weeks shy of his 101st birthday.
Just a few of Bill's Awards. The full list of awards will be updated soon.
March 1998 Arts Colony of La Mirada, Arts Extravaganza Merit Award
June 1997Bellflower Art AssociationFirst Place
March 1997Arts Colony of La Mirada, Arts Extravaganza Second Place
1997Los Alamitos Membership Art Show Honorable Mention