Millard Owens Sheets

Biography

Millard Sheets (b.1907-d.1989) was an American etcher, illustrator, painter and designer. During his lifetime, he rose to prominence as one of California’s leading artists and architects and led the California Style watercolor movement. He was an illustrator for Life Magazine in World War II in India and Burma, where he documented famine, war and death. His style shifted in the 50s to more upbeat subjects and colors.

He was a professor at esteemed art schools including the Chouinard Art Institute (where he was an alumnus), Otis Art Institute and Scripps College, among others. The Detroit Public Library, the Mayo Clinic, the Dome of the National Shrine, and the University of Notre Dame library all commissioned Sheets’ work, often murals.

His art can be found in permanent collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Claremont Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum.