Spanish Colonial Revival Art


This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "Spanish Colonial Revival Art." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the Resource Library publication date.

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Note: This section focuses on art reminiscent of the Spanish Colonial period that:



Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

Felix Lopez, Santero (9/28/07)

Sampler Tour of Decorative Ceramic Tiles from Catalina Island (5/23/07)

Saint Makers: A Living Tradition in American Folk Art; with essay by Father Thomas J. Steele, S.J. (9/6/05)

Painted Faith: Traditional New Mexican Devotional Images; essay by Cody James Hartley (2/28/05)

The Land of Sunshine; essay by William H. Gerdts, from the catalogue "Masters of Light: Plein-Air Painting in California 1890-1930" (10/8/03)

Southwestern Colonial Art, essay by Robert William Brown (10/28/02)


TFAO references:

As of 3/25/11 TFAO Digital Library contained 40 pages referencing the phrase "Spanish colonial."


From other websites:

Adamson House, in Malibu, CA, which features ceramic tile produced by Malibu Potteries (1926-32), plus works by artists Ejnar Hansen and Peter Nielsen. Accessed August, 2015.

Casa del Herrero, a home in Montecito, CA, with Spanish Colonial Revival ceramic tiles and other craftwork. Accessed August, 2015.

Santa Barbara County Courthouse, from Wikipedia, with an image of a ceramic tile plaque. Accessed August, 2015.

Spanish Colonial Art Society website. Accessed August, 2015.

Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, from Wikipedia, with examples of structures featuring artworks. Accessed August, 2015.

Spanish Colonial Revival Architecture, including images of ceramic tile designs on fountains and floors, from University of California, Santa Barbara. .Accessed August, 2015.

To see hundreds of images relating to Spanish Colonial Revival design, go to Google Images, then enter keyword sets such as [Spanish Colonial Revival tile] or [Spanish Colonial Revival fountain].


DVD/VHS videos:

This Old House, "Los Angeles Project," 2011, PBS. 56 m 20 s. Includes a tour of the historic Adamson House, a 1930 Spanish Colonial Revival home on the beach in Malibu, CA.



California Tile: The Golden Era 1910-1940. Volume I, Edited by Joseph A. Taylor. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 2004

California Tile: The Golden Era 1910-1940. Volume II, Edited by Joseph A. Taylor. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 2004

Ceramic Art of the Malibu Potteries 1926-1932, by Ronald L. Rindge, et. al. Malibu Lagoon Museum, 1988

Colors on Clay: The San José Tile Workshops of San Antonio, by Susan Toomey Frost. Trinity University Press, 2009

Converging Streams: Art of the Hispanic and Native American Southwest from Preconquest Times to the Twentieth Century, by William Wroth and Robin Farwell Gavin, Estevan Rael-Gálvez, Keith Bakker, Charles M. Carrillo, Cynthia Chavez Lamar, Lane Coulter, Ann Lane Hedlund, James E. Ivey, Enrique Lamadrid, Marc Simmons. Published by Museum of New Mexico Press, 2010. The Spanish Colonial Art Society says: "...Eleven scholars explore the impact of cultural interaction on the art forms of textiles, architecture, furniture, ceramics, metalwork, agriculture, painting, sculpture, and performance and ceremonial arts. Over 150 art works and photographs gathered from 16 museums and private collections across the country are testimony to the unique American aesthetic that developed from this dynamic cultural exchange...."

Conexiones: Connections in Spanish Colonial Art, by Carmella Padilla. Published by Spanish Colonial Arts Society, Inc., 2002. The Spanish Colonial Art Society says that the book includes"... a scholarly history of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society and its collections...." 2002

The Jewels of Avalon, Decorative Tiles of Catalina Island, by Larry Harris. Catalina Jewels Publishing Company, 2002

Spanish New Mexico, The Spanish Colonial Arts Society Collection, two volumes, by Donna Pierce and Marta Weigle. Published by Museum of New Mexico Press, 1996. The Spanish Colonial Art Society says: "...The first volume examines the characteristic subjects in a historical and cultural context - religious paintings and sculpture, hand-cragfted furniture, straw applique, precious metals, tinwork, utilitarian implements and textile...The second volume traces the 20th century revival of these crafts and the role of the Society, now 70 years old, in stimulating and promoting them...."


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