When a person comes to Hollywood they discover that most of that Old Hollywood romance has vanished. They’re happy to tear down the great old Art Deco buildings and put up ghoulish strip malls. John represents the true spirit of old Hollywood; where you’re down at the Trocadero drinking a Navy Grog and spouting phrases like, “That chicken’s applesauce!” As Americans we’re always dreaming of that glorious world where Garbo ruled and Buster Keaton painstakingly created genius slapstick comedy. That spirit is alive and well in the body of John Stanford Reynolds and it comes through in his paintings. A card, the real McCoy; a fourth generation Californian and descended from old Hollywood royalty. His grandmother was the sassy comedic actress ZaSu Pitts. There is also a touch of the macabre; his great grandfather was the first licensed mortician in Southern California.
John grew up in Laguna Beach California and went to Laguna Beach High School. He could often be seen cruising through town in his 1926 Model-T. Instead of going to Stanford (like everyone else in his family)he got a job playing banjo at Disneyland. All his free time was spent painting, cartooning or hanging out with people like Ward Kimball and members of The Firehouse Five. John was even the young musical director of Disney’s Frank and Olly which was nominated for an Academy Award. Much like Robert Crumb, John was equally obsessed with the music of the Jazz Age and the visual arts. It was John’s mission to capture the fleeting old Hollywood wonderland; the architecture, transportation, the people and the joie de vivre perception we harbor about it.