Paul Lauritz

     17th CAC President

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Paul Lauritz
(1889 – 1975)

Painter. Born in a small art colony of
Larvik, Norway on April 18, 1889. Lauritz was exposed to art at an early
age, studying with local and foreign artists in Larvik. At age 16 he
moved to eastern Canada to live with his sister and found work as a
hardrock driller in a mine. Working his way west, he worked as a commercial
artist in Vancouver and Portland, OR where he began painting landscapes
and portraits. The meager existence in artwork led him to Alaska with
the Gold Rush. Unsuccessful as a miner, he again turned to painting
and became a close friend of artist Sydney Laurence. The two artists
held a joint exhibition before Lauritz left Alaska. In 1919 he settled
in Los Angeles and established a studio-home in the Lyceum Theatre on
Spring Street. When not teaching at the Chouinard and Otis Art Institutes
or in his studio, he made painting excursions to the Sierra, up the
California coast as far north as Carmel, to Mexico (1921), the Columbia
River (1924), and Norway (1925). While in his native land, he was commissioned
by the King of Norway to do a painting for the royal palace. Lauritz
was an involved member of the Los Angeles art community and served for
six years on the Los Angeles Municipal Art Commission. A versatile painter,
his diverse subjects include desert scenes, portraits, snow scenes,
marines and landscapes. He continued painting until his demise at his
home in Glendale, CA on October 31, 1975.

~ Edan Milton Hughes, Artists in California
1786 – 1940

California Art Club (President, 1942 – May 1944)
Laguna Beach Art Association
Painters and Sculptors of Los Angeles
Royal Society of Artists (England)
Salmagundi Club (NYC)
Society of Western Artists
Southwest Art Association

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