San Jose Museum of Art is holding a retrospective of this work called "Wayne Thiebaud: 70 Years of painting" and I plan to head down to the museum this weekend to catch the show.
Theibaud, now 89 years old, has had a very extensive career starting out as a cartoonist and worked as an apprentice at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He began painting and exhibiting his work in the 1940s and started his teaching career at a succession of colleges, most notable U.C. Davis where he is still emeritus part time.
His figural swimsuit series of the 60s is a favorite of mine and I can't wait to see these close up. From what I understand his family has recently purchased a condominium in Laguna where he has begun to re-explore the beach series in a more abstract way.