Craig Keith Antrim was born and grew up in Pasadena California. He began his college career at the University of California Santa Barbara as a pre-med zoology student but switched majors, finding art was better suited to his interests. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Art with honors, his emphasis in drawing and painting.
After graduating UCSB, Craig joined the Army Medical Service Corps, where part of his service included a combat tour in Vietnam. After completing his service commitment, he returned to his beloved California, moving to Santa Barbara where he picked up where he left off, painting and drawing. He began exploring new techniques, color, integrating his love of symbols and shapes in new abstract combinations. Much of his work was and continues today to be influenced by the world around him, his understanding of philosophy, Jungian psychology, Joseph Campbell and art history.
To continue to deepen his knowledge and techniques, he enrolled at Claremont Graduate School. He graduated in 1970 with a Master’s of Fine Art in Drawing and Painting. Upon completion of his MFA, he was hired by the University of Florida in Gainesville to teach all their color theory courses. While in Florida his work was acquired by the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C. Missing California, he returned after two years to focus on his painting. He initially settled in San Pedro and established a studio on Sixth Street.
Craig has had numerous solo and group shows throughout California, Washington, Japan, and Korea. His work was included in the much acclaimed 1986 show, The Spiritual in Art Abstract Painting 1890 – 1985,
held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This show travelled to the prestigious Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago IL, and the Haag Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Holland.
Craig returned to San Pedro after maintaining a studio in Inglewood for a number of years. In addition to working daily in his studio, he continues to teach at El Camino College in Torrance, LA Harbor College in Wilmington and Pasadena College. Windsor & Newton recruited him as a part of their Artist Outreach Program to demonstrate fine art materials at colleges and universities.
Craig’s work can be found in the collections of The Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Long Beach Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, Palm Springs Desert Museum, University of California Los Angeles Grunewald Center and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Look for Craig in the newly published L.A. Rising, SoCal Artists Before 1980
by Lyn Kienholz. He can also be found in Artoday
, Art in the 80’s
and American Art Now
as well as numerous other art catalogs, books and catalogs.