SINCLAIR, Irving (1895-1969): Born on Maine Island in the B.C. Gulf Islands, Sinclair moved to San Francisco in 1917 where he worked as a billboard artist for Foster & Kleiser. In the 1920s he was art director for Fox West Coast Theatre, and in 1939 was in New York studying under Wayman Adams. He returned to San Francisco and became well-known for his portraits of famous people including Hollywood stars, political dignitaries such as F.D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower and many San Francisco mayors. He also painted portraits of Winston Churchill, Queen Elizabeth II, General Douglas MacArthur and others. In addition to his portraits he was an accomplished landscape artist and illustrator. He often spent his summers on Galiano Island in the Gulf Islands, just across from Maine Island. He died in San Francisco.

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