Dedicated naval officer and marine painter Arthur Beaumont enjoyed an association with the United States Navy that spanned nearly five decades. His classical training as an artist and his fascination for the sea and its vessels gave him the unique opportunity to record history and create fine works of art simultaneously.
Born in England, Beaumont emigrated to the U.S. in 1909 where he studied at the San Francisco Institute of Art. He continued his education at the L.A. School of Art and Design and the Chouinard School where he won a scholarship to continue his art studies at the University of London. In Europe he also studied at some of the finest art schools in France, Belgium and Holland.
In 1932 a portrait of Vice Admiral William Leahy so impressed the admiral, he asked Beaumont to create paintings of the U.S. Fleet, and offered him a commission. For the next forty years as the Navy's official war artist, Beaumont painted America's great battle fleets from WW II through Vietnam. During the last years of his life Beaumont painted from his home in Laguna Hills, California.
The Artist's Works May Be Seen in the Permanent Collections of;
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Boston, Mass.
United States Department of the Navy, Washington, D.C.
National Museum of the United States Navy, Washington D.C.
United States Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, Maryland
The Pentagon, Washington D.C.
The Explorer's Club, New York, NY
The Irvine Museum, Irvine, CA
The Los Angeles Maritime Museum
University of California at Los Angeles
University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Among Several Other Important Public and Private Collections