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June 30, 1993 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jon Serl, an eccentric recluse who taught himself to paint in middle age and went on to become nationally recognized as a significant folk and primitive artist, has died at the age of 98. Serl died peacefully in his bed June 23 in his ramshackle 25-room studio home in Lake Elsinore, his New York dealer, Randall Morris of Cavin-Morris Gallery, said Tuesday. "As long as man walks the earth, there'll be a Jon Serl painting somewhere," the alternately modest and boastful Serl told The Times in 1970.
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June 30, 1993 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jon Serl, an eccentric recluse who taught himself to paint in middle age and went on to become nationally recognized as a significant folk and primitive artist, has died at the age of 98. Serl died peacefully in his bed June 23 in his ramshackle 25-room studio home in Lake Elsinore, his New York dealer, Randall Morris of Cavin-Morris Gallery, said Tuesday. "As long as man walks the earth, there'll be a Jon Serl painting somewhere," the alternately modest and boastful Serl told The Times in 1970.
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November 17, 1989 | LEAH OLLMAN
A plucky independence guides the brush of Jon Serl, just as it commands his speech, his habits and his home. Nearly a century old, Serl lives in a rambling house in Lake Elsinore, but in the world his mind inhabits, recollections mingle with current affairs, human and animal realms overlap, and situations and characters from his past saunter before his eyes in search of resolution. The Oneiros Gallery downtown (711 8th Ave.) is holding its second show of Serl's work, through Dec. 8.
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November 17, 1989 | LEAH OLLMAN
A plucky independence guides the brush of Jon Serl, just as it commands his speech, his habits and his home. Nearly a century old, Serl lives in a rambling house in Lake Elsinore, but in the world his mind inhabits, recollections mingle with current affairs, human and animal realms overlap, and situations and characters from his past saunter before his eyes in search of resolution. The Oneiros Gallery downtown (711 8th Ave.) is holding its second show of Serl's work, through Dec. 8.
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November 12, 1989 | KRISTINE McKENNA
When artist Jon Serl was born 96 years ago, cowboys and Indians were still shooting it out on the Western plain. Witness to two world wars, Prohibition, the Depression and 18 U.S. presidents, Serl has had a fascinating and wildly varied life, but his most remarkable adventure of all is taking place right now. A self-taught painter who first picked up a brush at the age of 55, Serl is doing the best work of his career as he approaches his 97th birthday.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 1988
Did the Philadelphia Phillies need pitching real bad or real bad pitching (Dec. 9)? From the looks of the Phil Bradley-Ken Howell trade, I couldn't tell. Phillie General Manager Lee Thomas gave up a fine hitter for a sore-armed pitcher. Geez, I wish Thomas had only talked to the Angels first; he could have acquired the "great" Stewart Cliburn. TOM BOKARAE Huntington Beach
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November 19, 1989
Many young artists could learn a great lesson from Jon Serl ("Inside the Mind of an Artistic Outsider," by Kristine McKenna, Nov. 12). While schlockmeisters such as Jeff Koons and Mark Kostabi are turning the art world into a joke with their crass commercialism, Jon Serl has been quietly making important art solely for the purpose of spiritual release. Greed and irony may be hip nowadays, but how many of these younger artists will still be thriving when they're 96? DAVID CORRADO Mar Vista
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 1991 | LEAH OLLMAN
Even at their weaker moments, shows by the Border Art Workshop/ Taller de Arte Fronterizo are impossible to dismiss. The group's annual "Border Realities" shows at the Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park have always exuded uncanny energy, astute awareness, anger and an ambition to change the unwieldy policies and unfortunate attitudes governing the U.S. border with Mexico.
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June 15, 1991 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ted Gordon spent 45 years in the lower ranks of the civil service before retiring here with his wife. "Rather an ordinary man of solitary and contemplative disposition," as he describes himself, Gordon sits at the kitchen table of his Leisure World apartment each morning and fills a scrap of paper with swirling pen lines that, slowly, begin to form a face.
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June 13, 1991 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, Rick Vanderknyff is a free-lance writer who regularly contributes to The Times Orange County Edition.
What are we talking about, when we talk about contemporary American folk art? It's not carved wooden duck decoys, rustic weather vanes or quilts copied from patterns handed down through the generations, according to one of the field's top collectors.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 1989 | KRISTINE McKENNA
When artist Jon Serl was born 96 years ago, cowboys and Indians were still shooting it out on the Western plain. Witness to two world wars, Prohibition, the Depression and 18 U.S. presidents, Serl has had a fascinating and wildly varied life, but his most remarkable adventure of all is taking place right now. A self-taught painter who first picked up a brush at the age of 55, Serl is doing the best work of his career as he approaches his 97th birthday.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 1988
Did the Philadelphia Phillies need pitching real bad or real bad pitching (Dec. 9)? From the looks of the Phil Bradley-Ken Howell trade, I couldn't tell. Phillie General Manager Lee Thomas gave up a fine hitter for a sore-armed pitcher. Geez, I wish Thomas had only talked to the Angels first; he could have acquired the "great" Stewart Cliburn. TOM BOKARAE Huntington Beach
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May 22, 1986 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Times Art Writer
The line between outsider and insider art has become so fuzzy that we might not know what's up at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum were it not for the title of the show. Products by the unschooled and eccentric artists featured in "Outsiders" are just barely housebroken, but so are many of the Neo-Expressionist works of graduates of our finest art departments. There are differences, however, of a more fundamental nature than formal training.
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August 19, 1991 | CATHY CURTIS
Artists who retain their creative drive at an advanced age must be somewhat bemused by the waves of young oral historians that beat a path to their door, tape recorders in hand. When did your career begin? What was your life really like? And how wonderful that you never retired! Artistic achievement by senior citizens is not exactly news. From Titian to Matisse, there have been major artists who made important work as they neared the century mark.
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