Arthur Haddock (1895-1980) was born near Clements, California. In 1914 as a teenager, he met artist Maynard Dixon, who became his instructor and lifelong friend. Two years later, Haddock took a job for the Southern Pacific Railroad. He worked on railroads for most of his life, painting diverse locales and selling them out of his studio in Stockton, California. Haddock found early success exhibiting his oil and watercolor landscapes in San Francisco, Oakland and New York, but often declined to sell his paintings. He moved to Santa Fe in 1947 and worked as a fine art framer. Haddock died at 85, with hundreds of his paintings stacked in his small Santa Fe apartment.
These custom-labeled oil emulsion bottles are on loan from artist Eli Levin, who arrived in Santa Fe in 1964. “Arthur made almost alchemical experiments with materials,” writes Levin in his memoir Santa Fe Bohemia: The Art Colony 1964-1980. “There were many tiny jars of various mediums, hand-labeled. […] Tiny notes, scribblings on scrap paper, would turn up in drawers slipped between stacks of pictures or under art supplies. […] Interspersed between pages of the art books were other little notations: quotes, cryptic statements such as ‘Keep the darks simple,’ or ‘The Big Vision, eliminate all else.’”