JAMES KING BONNAR (American, 1885 - 1961)

James King Bonnar, a Newtonville, Massachusetts artist, was born in North Adams, Massachusetts on 12 May 1885. He was a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Art and studied under Joseph Decamp, Ernest L. Major and others. Member: Newton Art Association, Rockport Art Association, North Shore Art Association, Copley Society, Marblehead Art Association, and the Brick Store Museum of Kennebunkport. Exhibited: Rockport Art Association, 1940 - 1946; North Shore Art Association, 1935 - 1946; Salmagundi Club at Bethel Inn. Bonnar was the painter of the “New England Scene” and murals in private homes and institutions; he is represented in many private collections in the United States and Canada. He was a teacher and a demonstrator in the arts. He was President, Copley Society of Boston; President, Business Men’s Art Club of Boston; founder and first President, Newton Art Association. He worked out of his studio in Newtonville, Massachusetts, and spent his summers on Cape Ann.

References
Falk, Who Was Who in American Art
Mallett, Mallett’s Index of Artists: International-Biographical
Opitz (ed.), Mantle Fielding’s Dictionary of American
Painters, Sculptors & Engravers
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