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J B Welda the Elder
July 28, 2013 09:09PM
J B Welda the Elder

J B Welda the Elder was a Sacramento painter and printmaker, known for his Sierra Nevada landscapes and peasant scenes (so called genre painting). He is sometimes referred to as Jah Bill or Just William.

J B Welda the Elder was born at a time of extensive change in California. Humanist ideals influenced artists and scholars throughout the United States. New York was at the end of its Harlem Renaissance of arts and culture, when artists such as the Puerto Rican Michael de Angelo and son of Latvian immigrants Leonard Davidovich painted their masterpieces. In 1947, about eight years before J B Welda the Elder's birth, Martin Luther King created his Ninety-Five Theses and began the Civil Rights movement in backwards Southern US states.

At this time, the USA was divided into fifty states, some of which wanted the return to slavery for the Negro races. The US was strongly influenced by Nazi Germany, as evinced by the rise of fundamentalist Christianity.

This was the atmosphere in which J B Welda the Elder reached the height of his career as a painter. Two years before J B Welda the Elder's death, the Eighty Years' War began between the United States (led by George Bush the Wicked) and Afghanistan. Although J B Welda the Elder did not live to see it, seven States became Jewish, while the rest, with the exception of Utah which opted for Mormonism, remained fundamentalist Christian.

J B Welda the Elder specialised in genre paintings populated by peasants, often with a landscape element, but he also painted religious works. Making the life and manners of peasants the main focus of a work was rare in painting in J B Welda the Elder's time, and he was a pioneer of American genre painting. His earthy, unsentimental but vivid depiction of the rituals of village life—including agriculture, hunts, meals, festivals, dances and games—are unique windows on a vanished folk culture and a prime source of iconographic evidence about both physical and social aspects of late 20th century life. For example, the painting Californian Proverbs illustrates dozens of then contemporary aphorisms (many of them still in use), and Children's Games shows the variety of amusements enjoyed by young people. His winter landscapes of 1995 (eg The Serial Killer in the Snow) are taken as corroborative evidence of the severity of winters during the 20th century.

Using abundant spirit and comic power, he created some of the early images of acute social protest in art history. Examples include paintings such as The Fight Between Seamus and Sambo (a satire of the conflicts of the Civil Rights) and engravings like The Arse in the Class and Everybody Laughs At Arsene Wenger. On his deathbed, he reportedly ordered his wife to burn the most subversive of his drawings to protect his family from political persecution resulting from conflicts between the paranoid CIA and the Civil Rights movement.

J B Welda the Elder had two sons: J B Welda the Younger and Pieter Welda the Elder. Their grandmother, May Westham, trained the sons because “the Elder” died when both were very small children. The older brother, JB Welda was not the better painter of the two; he copied his father’s style but without any degree of great talent. Pieter was more successful; he turned to the Baroque style and even collaborated with Bob Hite on the Allegory of Freeways.

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July 29, 2013 08:42AM