This biography from the Archives of AskART:

Jan Marinus Domela (né Johan Domela Nieuwenhuis) was born in Amsterdam, Holland on August 22, 1894. He arrived in San Francisco in 1915 during the excitement of the Panama Pacific International Exposition. Opting to become an artist, he studied at the California School of Fine Arts and at the Los Angeles School of Illustration. Feeling the need for further training, in 1925 he returned to Holland and entered the Rijks Academy and continued at Académie Julian in Paris.

In 1928 he returned to California and for 40 years worked in Hollywood in the art department of Paramount Studios for whom he created their mountain logo. His artwork on "The Ten Commandments" earned him an Academy Award. In his leisure he painted many plein air scenes in California, Oregon, Utah, and in Europe. Domela maintained a studio in Santa Monica until his death there on August 1, 1973. The artist is also known as John Domela Nieuwenhuis.

Jan Domela painting a coastal landscape.


Jan Domela:    -  A coastal scene painted on canvas. Picture of the artist and biography
                    at the small box beneath his name.   http://www.tfaoi.com/artist/a5041.htm

                      - Mountain landscape and Biography.


- Ten Commandments, The (1956) (matte artist)
- Conquest of Space (1955) (special photographic effects)
- War of the Worlds, The (1953) (matte artist) (special visual  effects)
- When Worlds Collide (1951) (matte artist)
- Samson and Delilah (1949) (matte artist)
- Unconquered (1947) (matte artist)
- Reap the Wild Wind (1942) (matte artist)
- Aloma of the South Seas (1941) (matte artist)
- I Wanted Wings (1941) (matte artist)
- Dr. Cyclops (1940) (matte artist)
- Typhoon (1940) (matte artist)
- Union Pacific (1939) (matte artist)
- Spawn of the North (1938) (matte artist)
- Her Jungle Love (1938) (matte artist)
- Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, A (1949)
- For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) (special photographic  effects)