"Maija Peeples-Bright paints a fantastic
 world populated with charming animals
 she calls "beasties."
Her work is neither naive or primitive,
 but instead a translation of her passion for decorative techniques,
 especially in ceramics and stitching, to paint and canvas."


Crocker Art Museum
Sacramento, California

Maija Peeples-Bright was well into completing her math degree at UC Davis in 1963 when her counselor advised her to take an art class to fulfill general education requirements. On her first day in the class, she unknowingly stepped right into the middle of what's known today as the California Funk movement.

Eventually she ended up palling around with such notables as Robert Arneson, William T. Wiley, Peter VandenBerge, David Gilhooly and Roy DeForest.

"I was so lucky that Davis was just this hotbed of art at the time that I was there," says Peeples-Bright, who later became known for her Rainbow House in San Francisco—a house painted every color under the sun, where many of her art colleagues gathered to discuss art and life in the late '60s and early '70s.

"I find that art drives my life," she says. "I do art in just about everything—my shirts, crochet my blankets. I have the very good fortune to have had people like Arneson around."

From Sacramento Magazine


Maija was born in Riga, Latvia in 1942.  Maija and her parents then moved to Northern California eight years later.  Originally she planned a career in mathematics but in her third year at the University of California at Davis she created paintings, prints and ceramic sculptures of  zany lovable animals and bright flowers. Studying under Wayne Thiebaud, William T. Wiley and Robert Arneson, Maija gained her Master's in only one year at the University of  Davis. 

In 1967, Maija lived in San Francisco in a house she helped paint every color that Dutch Boy produced and called her work "The Rainbow House."  Maija would write to children in alphabet stick letters and they would send her their cherished drawings. Even the titles of her work make you smile. 

Today she maintins an active studio practice in Eldorado Hills, California and her work is found in many private collections and in the permanent Museum collections listed below.

Permanent Museum Collections
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California
La Jolla Museum, La Jolla, California
University of Saskatchewan Museum, Regine, Canada
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio
Matthews Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada
 
Private Collections
New York City, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Berkeley, California, Nashville, Tennessee, Canada and many other locations, especially in California.

Clients include actor, Vincent Price and the owner of Tower Records.  

Public Collections
California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Ohio, Indiana, Canada, England, Japan and Brazil.
 

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