Marguerite or Frank Blasingame Biography

Born in Honolulu and trained at Stanford University in California, Marguerite Blasingame returned to Hawaii where she became an established sculptor of figural works, many of them bas reliefs in wood and stone. Her depictions were usually sinuous in contour with simplified anatomy.

During the 1930s and 1940s, she was a WPA artist and filled many commissions for architectural panels, some of them very large in size.

She was a member of the Hawaiian Mural Guild. Her work is in many locations in Hawaii including the Honolulu Academy, Library of Hawaii and Moana Park. She is the author of a book titled "A Course in Art Appreciation for the Adult Layman," Stanford University Press.

Marguerite Blasingame is credited with producing paintings and bas-relief panels, but her husband seems to have taken credit - rightfully or wrongfully - for many of the pieces attributed to Marguerite.  I have also heard that the artists collaborated on the works attributed to one or the other.  Frank Blasingame was born in San Francisco and attended University of Nevada and the University of California.  Frank exhibited Hawaiian works in New York as early as 1936, and after that exhibit he stayed in New York for another 12 years teaching in New York and New Jersey.  (Frank Blasingame, from an exhibition brochure for Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra, c. 1980).

Marguerite Louis Blasingame (1906-1947)

Born in Honolulu and trained at Stanford University in California, Marguerite Blasingame returned to Hawaii where she became an established sculptor of figural works, many of them bas reliefs in wood and stone.  Her depictions were usually sinuous in contour with simplified anatomy.

Along with Isami Doi, Madge Tennent, and others, she founded the Hawaiian Mural Arts Guild in 1934.

She was among the artists in Hawaii who, before World War II, experimented with decorative pattern using natural forms, especially tropical foliage and flowers and used stylized imagery of Hawaiian figures in work that mirrored the similarly romanticized and exoticized Art Deco imagery depicting the people of French colonial Polynesia and South East Asia.

During the 1930s and 1940s, she was a WPA artist and filled many commissions for architectural panels, some of them very large in size.

She died in 1947 while traveling in Mexico.  The Honolulu Academy of Arts is among the public collections holding her works, and her sculptures in public places include an (untitled) 1935 marble sculpture in Ala Moana Park, Honolulu, and a 1939 bas relief at the entry to the Board of Water Supply building.

She is the author of a book titled "A Course in Art Appreciation for the Adult Layman," Stanford University Press.

Sources include:
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Gordon Chang, Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970
in.com  
huffingtonpost.com
Honolulu.gov