IN EAST LA
FINE ART & FILM ART
POST IMPRESSIONIST PAINTINGS
ONE ARTIST EXHIBIT"
12 INTIMATE STORIES
FIVE PLUS TWO
OR TRUE STORIES
GIRL - FUNNY LADY
OF THE RINGS
I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER
& FILM ASSOCIATES
PAIRED ART WORKS
MEMORIAL ART FUND
& JAMES CAMERON
TWO MAYORS CALLED
YORTY & ZOLL
3 MAGIC WISHES
OFFICIAL WITCH OF LA:
THE DE-SPELLING OF LA
& A POLITICAL MISHAP
NEW BOOK :
BOOKS & RECORDS
A PSYCHIC EXPERIMENT
FINE ART & FILM ART
BOOKS & STUFF
TO THINK ABOUT
MENTOR & LOUISE
PAST & PRESENT
ARTICLES & STORIES
EDITORIALS & COLUMNS
WEBSITE TEXT --
for the Arts
HUEBNER ~ ONE ARTIST EXHIBIT
19, 1917 ~ March 19, 2001
Huebner dedicated his life to art when he was 8. He began as
a ‘good boy', sitting in the corner of a porch, drawing
impressions of his grandmother's chicken ranch. By 18 he was
participating in prestigious Jury judged mixed exhibitions,
winning many purchase awards in city, state and national shows.
At 23 he began having 'One Man Shows', and receiving glowing
write-ups from respected art critics in many publications, the
Los Angeles Times included. At 25 he began teaching a Life Drawing
class at Chouinard's Art Institute in Los Angeles, and continued
to teach for over 26 years, for fun. By 35 his art work became
popular and began hanging in private collections World-Wide.
In his forties, his work his work was featured in Museum National
Touring Exhibits. Earlier, as a very young man he began work
as a Designer for motion pictures. A career that lasted over
Mentor always had a clear view of what he wanted to create.
He was decisive and expert. He exhibited a remarkable speed
and was prolific. This combination resulted in his success within
his two primary fields of artistic endeavor: Fine Art and Film
Production. He thought of himself ~ first, as a painter in Fine
Arts ~ and secondly, as a motion picture artist.
Mentor was restless with insatiable and potent urges to paint
and if thwarted became unbearable. He was always either thinking
about art, or doing art, every waking moment of his life. If
while looking pensive, during an especially romantic moment,
he was asked, "What are you thinking?" His answer
was usually, "I'm thinking about where I'm going to paint
A Plein Aire Post Impressionist Oil Painter, it's estimated
he created about 2000 paintings; Landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes
As a Motion Picture Designer for 250 Feature Films, an educated
guess is that he must have accomplished at least 40,000 to 50,000
charcoal Conceptual Drawings and Story Boards.
In his spare time he designed 10 Theme Parks, several Restaurant
Chains., Cinema Complexes and a couple of Resort Communities,
around the world.
He never said "No" to any job offer.
I would ask, "Mentor are you sure you want to do this job
on top of everything else? Isn't it a bit much? "
Mentor would always answer, "I can do it. It's nothing.
Really Honey," And then he would laugh and tell me, "I
can do it with my eyes shut."
When he began in films, a total of only 38 artists around the
world qualified as motion picture sketch artists and illustrators.
Now, in Hollywood, that number has grown to over 300. Mentor’s
first job in the film industry was with MGM, where he worked
for 12 years in a sketch artist pool, cranking out movie after
movie until he quit to earn quadruple the money freelancing.
Many times he didn't know the name of the movie he was working
on. It was all so fast paced.
He could produce high quality work at either end of the day:
6 AM or Midnight. He never was without a creative solution to
any problem. He never went dry.
Mentor had an over abundance of talent and could accomplish
every technical art required at top speed. Just at the very
moment he entered the film industry a union was formed and he
automatically fell into the category of Sketch Artist. But due
to the obvious quality of his work he was placed in Master level.
He surpassed everyone's expectations and was soon given the
tittle and credits and additional money as a film's Primary
He was sought after and every major motion picture studio in
the world contracted him. He was their Golden Boy. Mentor was
often hired by top producers to be the Ghost Director on a film.
If a director was inexperienced, Mentor worked behind the scenes
and ‘called the shots’, for the director, at the
producer's request. There were times when a producer might even
demand the film's writers rewrite a scene in order to accommodate
Mentor’s visualization. Mentor's foresight saved the productions
many several hundreds of thousands of dollars.
It’s very rare if not practically nonexistent for a Conceptual
Artist, Designer and Story Board Artist to be one and the same
person. And for the artist to visually 'direct' by drawing,
is even rarer. To this day, at least in Hollywood, there is
still no other full-time studio artist who also functions as
a full-time artist in Fine Arts. Mentor’s traditional
art training enhanced his movie work, and he became an Icon
in the Film Industry. He is known World-Wide as, “The
King of the Illustrators”
Mentor was an inspired art enthusiast. He collected a phenomenal
art library, never stopped studying, visited multiple art museums
at home and overseas, attended many gallery art exhibits, and
enjoyed viewing the art work of fellow artists, finding excitement
and value in the art produced by novices as well as well as
art produced by the Old Masters.
As a student,
Mentor won medals and awards and scholarships not only for art
but also for boxing and track. He always had a quick wit, and
was known for his entertaining stories. He shot off rapid fire
puns. He listened to opera while he calculated scenes and created
conceptual designs for films. He never ate while painting. He
had to be dragged away from the drawing board to eat or sleep.
It was always, "One more minute."
And although he was quite emotional with a turbulent style,
and an indiscriminate explosive temper, he also had magnetism
and charm. He was liked. A lot!
Mentor, a Native Californian, born in East Los Angeles, traveled
through much of the world, both personally and for movie locations
and painted at every opportunity. He was convinced that light
in Southern California was superior to all other and absolutely
the ‘best light’ for Plein Aire painting.
And because of that belief, he painted several hundreds of landscapes
in the Los Angeles area alone. In 2001 his biography ~ personal
and professional combined, was entered into the Los Angeles
City and California State Archives Each declared him; a Master
equal to the Fine Arts Masters of old, and the stated he was
a ‘real’ artist and the last major Post Impressionist
Painter of the 20th Century.
This Exhibit is a special tribute to Mentor as a gift for his
Birthday. He shares July 19 with Edgar Degas and the Cancer
Sun Sign with Rembrandt Van Rijn.
This Internet Exhibit consists of some 12 images of paintings
Mentor created during one particular decade. The image of his
Self Portrait, painted when he was 43, was included to show
his 'look' during that same decade he had created these 12 paintings.
Mentor painted with oils mostly on canvas, many times on masonite
and several times on European Painter's Board. It is mere coincidence
that the paintings chosen for this exhibit happen to have been
painted on masonite and European Painter's Board exclusively.
Paintings 12 Intimate Stories
links to view larger images and see individual intimate stories
here to view a slideshow of the paintings in sequence
Collectors of Mentor's art work are invited without obligation, to request
further information through email Contact: ArtSaleInformation@MentorHuebnerArt.com
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