Jacob Asanger immigrated to the United States from Bavaria in the late 1800's and settled in Los Angeles. He studied at the Los Angeles School of Art and Design and became a landscape painter, poster artist, etcher, craftsman and art teacher
Stanley Reckless was born Stanley Zbytniewski. In 1913 he enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), studied under Daniel Garber. In 1915, 1916 he was awarded 2 Cresson Traveling Scholarships, and traveled to Paris, enrolling briefly at the Academie Julian. In 1920 he moved to Lumberville, Pennsylvania and started exhibiting at PAFA, the National Academy of Design, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. In 1924 he settled in New Hope, Pennsylvania, where he painted the landscape and shared a studio with Charles Hargens. In 1930 he moved to California where he painted portraits of members of the film industry. He co-founded the Art Center School in Los Angeles.
Photographic portrait of artist Stanley Reckless wearing a white shirt and tie and seated in his studio. Visible behind him are 2 small paintings on the wall, the backs of 2 or 3 paintings and a jar filled with paint brushes.