BORN: 1890 Grand Haven, MI
DIED: 1955 Milwaukee, WI
Gerrit V. Sinclair studied art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1910 to 1915. His most well known teachers at the Art Institute were John Vanderpoel and John Norton. In 1917, the artist enlisted in the Army Ambulance Corps and served in northern Italy and Austria during World War I as an ambulance driver and also painted in Paris in 1930. Scenes from his experience abroad are recorded in his works of the early 1920s.
Following the war, Sinclair settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he became a member of the faculty of the Layton School of Art upon the school’s founding in 1920. He continued to teach at the Layton School and at the Oxbow Summer School of Art in Saugatuck, Michigan until his retirement in 1954. Gerrit V. Sinclair’s paintings chronicled American life in Wisconsin and the Midwest from the 1920s through the 1950s....