Jan Domela

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Jan Marinus Domela (22 August 1894, in The Hague – 1 August 1973, in Santa Monica, California[1]) was a Dutch-born American artist and illustrator.

Johan Domela Nieuwenhuis,[2] also Jan Marinus Domela[3] became interested in art while at boarding school in Switzerland.[3] While visiting his sister in California he studied at the Los Angeles School of Illustration and Painting and the Mark Hopkins Art Institute; back in the Netherlands in 1925, he attended the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam before completing his studies at the Académie Julian in Paris.[3]

After returning to California in 1928 Dolema was made the chief matte painter at Paramount Studios, and was chief artist in the special effects department until 1968.[3] Creating landscapes for most of the movies produced by Paramount for over thirty years, he received several Academy Awards for his work.[3]

Domela was part of the production team who received an Academy Honorary Award at the 11th Academy Awards for their efforts on the Paramount film Spawn of the North.[4] Domela exhibited his own landscape paintings of subjects such as the Monterey Peninsula, the California Sierras, the Alps, and Monhegan Island, at venues including the Los Angeles County Museum.[3]


  1. ^ Domela, Jan Marinus at the RKD databases
  2. ^ The Oscar Site
  3. ^ a b c d e f Belanger, p. 144
  4. ^ "Special Award - 11th Academy Awards". Academy Awards Database. Retrieved 9 August 2015.