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Artist Biographies

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Lang, Louis
Laing, Gerald Ogilvie
Laloy, Yves
Leavitt, Edward Chalmers
Ledan, Francois "Fanch"
Léger, Josef Fernand Henri
Leslie, Charles Edward John
Lever, Richard Hayley
Levine, Saul
Liberman, Sandu
Lichtenstein, Roy
Loewensberg, Verena
Lökös, Stefan
Lowell, Nat
Lu, Zhen-Huan

Louis Lang

Louis Lang
1814-1893
German/American genre and historical artist

Louis Lang was born in Waldsee, Wurttemberg, Germany. Like his father, a historical painter, he studied art in Stuttgart and Paris and immigrated to the United States in 1838. He is best known for his genre and historical paintings.

Gerald Ogilvie Laing

Gerald Ogilvie Laing
1936-2011
British Pop artist and sculptor

Gerald Laing was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1936. He grew up during World War II and attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, serving with the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers as a lieutenant in Ireland and Germany. After five years, he followed his desire to become an artist and attended Saint Martin’s School of Art in London. At the beginning of the 1960s, while still in school, Laing met Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jim Rosenquist and Robert Indiana in NYC, where he moved after completing his studies. Laing’s career began in the avant-garde world of 1960s Pop art, through minimalist sculpture, followed by representational sculpture and finally back to his Pop art roots. During the late 1960s, Laing had already become a popular success, helped by the replication of many of his paintings as silkscreen prints.

Yves Laloy

Yves Laloy
1920-1999
French geometric, abstract, and figural painter

Yves Laloy was born in Rennes in 1920. He came from a family of architects who worked on the city of Rennes and the Emerald Coast architecture for generations. Laloy studied architecture himself, but chose to focus fully on painting in 1951. His work is associated with Surrealism and abstraction. Laloy died in 1999.

Edward Chalmers Leavitt

Edward Chalmers Leavitt
1842-1904
American still life artist active in Rhode Island

Edward Chalmers Leavitt is known for depicting fruit and floral still life and seascape paintings. He worked in Providence, RI, but is also associated with the Fall River School of still life painting through the influence of Robert S. Dunning. His work is known for its realism, rich coloration, sharp focus, and careful finish. Leavitt’s works often incorporate decorative pieces such as silver or bronze items and woven baskets. He exhibited at the National Academy of Design, the Boston Art Club, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Francois “Fanch” Ledan

Francois “Fanch” Ledan
b. 1949
French painter and printmaker

Francois "Fanch" Ledan is noted for delightful scenes of his native Brittany in a colorful "primitive" style. In 1968 he abandoned his studies in commercial design for full-time studies in painting and fine art. His talent was quickly recognized, and soon he was involved in major European shows. He became involved in printmaking in 1973 when he learned lithography in Paris. Since then he has had more than 25 one-person shows in Europe, North America and South America. (Source: RoGallery)

Josef Fernand Henri Léger

Josef Fernand Henri Léger
1881-1955
French cubist painter

Fernand Léger was born in Orne, Lower Normandy. He initially trained as an architect from 1897-1899 before moving to Paris in 1900. After serving in the military, he enrolled at the School of Decorative Arts in 1903. He began to work seriously as a painter only at the age of twenty-five. At this point, his work showed the influence of impressionism. A new emphasis on drawing and geometry appeared in Léger’s work after he saw the Cézanne retrospective in 1907. Between 1909 and 1914, his work has been described as “Tubism” for its emphasis on cylindrical forms as a part of his personal form of Cubism. His paintings became increasingly abstract. Their tubular, conical, and cubed forms are rendered in rough patches of primary colors, plus green, black, and white. During WWI he produced many sketches of artillery pieces, airplanes, and fellow soldiers while in the trenches. This work marked the beginning of his “mechanical period” during which the figures and objects were characterized by tubular and machine-like forms. Starting in 1927, Léger’s work changed to more organic and irregular forms. In his final years, he lectured in Bern, designed mosaics and stained glass windows and created a few last paintings. He died at his home in 1955.

Charles Edward John Leslie

Charles Edward John Leslie
1839-1886
British landscape painter

Charles Leslie was an English landscape painter during the Victorian era, and a member of the Williams family of painters. His grandfather Edward Williams was a well-known landscape painter who fathered six sons, all artists, who collectively became known as the Williams family of painters. He portrayed scenes of the Scottish and Welsh moorlands, often featuring stark mountains in the background that tower over still waters below, with open skies above. Leslie exhibited at the Royal Academy, the British Institution, and the Suffolk Street Gallery of the Society of British Artists, among others. He died in 1886. (He should not be confused with the better known Charles Robert Leslie, RA)

Richard Hayley Lever

Richard Hayley Lever
1876-1958
American Post-Impressionist marine and landscape painter

Richard Hayley Lever was born in Adelaide, Australia in 1876. He showed early talent and traveled to England in 1893, where he studied art in London. He then painted at an artists’ colony in Cornwall on the seacoast of St. Ives where he began his seacoast paintings. Lever came to America in 1911 and was soon counted among the most widely exhibited artists in New York City. Many of his scenes were of Manhattan. He had a summer studio in Gloucester, MA, and from 1919-1931, he taught at the Art Students League. Lever received many awards and critical acclaim and his works were purchased by major American museums, such as New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and Washington's Phillips Collection and Corcoran Museum. He died in Mount Vernon, New York in 1958.

Saul Levine

Saul Levine
b. 1915
American Modernist painter

Saul Levine competed in federally-sponsored mural competitions, winning the commissions for murals in the post offices of South Hadley and Ipswich, Massachusetts. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney (1939), the Carnegie (1940), the Art Institute of Chicago (1943) and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (1946). Levine graduated from Yale's School of Fine Arts.

Sandu Liberman

Sandu Liberman
1923-1977
Romanian portrait artist

Sandu Liberman was born in Yasi, Romania in 1923. Between 1946 and 1953 he participated in two state shows in Bucharest. In 1952 he was awarded the gold medal at the International Art Festival in Romania. That same year, he was commissioned to illustrate the Romanian encyclopedia and was appointed Official Portrait Artist of Romania. In 1962 he moved to Israel and was commissioned by the Israeli government to make a multitude of portraits, including the President of Guinea which hangs in the Royal Palace. Liberman died in 1977.

Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein
1923-1997
American Pop artist

Roy Lichtenstein was born in 1923 in Manhattan. By age fourteen, he was taking classes at the Parsons School of Design, and also studied briefly at the Art Students League in 1939. He then attended Ohio State University, where his major influence was Hoyt Sherman. Lichtenstein later taught at the campus and began making trips back to NY, where he started to exhibit in 1949. In the 1950s, he used various techniques of Abstract Expressionism, created figurative works, and began employing Pop art images. After influential experiences with Allen Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, and Jim Dine, he had a landmark exhibition at the Castelli Gallery in 1962. His show included works of enlarged depictions of advertisements and comic strip images, and Leo Castelli was a key promoter of his works, helping to launch his career. Roy produced a number of graphic prints for which he used different techniques, including lithographs, screenprints, etchings, and woodcuts. Lichtenstein died in 1997.

Verena Loewensberg

Verena Loewensberg
1912-1986
Swiss painter

Verena Loewensberg was born in 1912 in Zurich. She attended art school in Basel from 1927-29, and then did an apprenticeship as a textile weaver, which would later impact her artistic style. In 1937 she, alongside Max Bill, Camille Graeser and Richard Paul Lohse, was a founder of Allianz, an association of modern artists in Zurich. Her works were made up of colorful geometric forms, and she later became very interested in the art of silkscreen printing. Loewensberg died in 1986 in Zurich.

Stefan Lökös

Stefan Lökös
1913-1994
Hungarian painter

Lökös, a Hungarian, was an accomplished violinist, as well as an artist. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest, Hungary in 1937 and from the City Law Academy in Miskoic, Hungary in 1942. He was almost immediately conscripted into the German army as Hungary and Germany had formed an alliance to fight the Communists. He was soon captured by the Russians and put into a concentration camp. There he used his wits and his skills to paint portraits for the officers and play his violin for them during their off hours. Lökös married his wife Inge and they went through several years on the run in refugee camps in Italy, Syria and Lebanon. In 1954, their dream of emigrating to the United States was realized, and they established themselves in Woodstock, New York where Stefan gained much popularity for his abstract art and founded the successful Studio School and Gallery. In 1967, Ingé and Stefan visited Puerto Vallarta and fell in love with everything about it. They began to make this paradise their winter home. Both in New York and Puerto Vallarta, Stefan’s fame grew. He never gave up on his violin and frequently played concerts for friends and family. Sustained by his art, he enjoyed a successful career, with his works represented in many international private collections, universities, and museums around the world. Stefan died in 1994. (Source: Banderas News, Vallarta Living article)

Nat Lowell

Nat Lowell
1880-1956
Latvian/American NYC lithographer

Nat Lowell was born in Latvia and emigrated to the United States where he studied at the Art Students League of New York. He is well known for his views of NYC, emphasizing the steel and granite splendors of bridges, monuments, and tall buildings. Lowell frequently juxtaposed the architecture’s geometry and details with the irregular shapes of foliage or shadows. He taught art at the New School and at Hunter College, and his works are represented in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Newark Museum, the NY Public Library, and the Library of Congress.

Zhen-Huan Lu

Zhen-Huan Lu
b. 1950
Chinese realist painter, New York affiliated

Zhen-Huan Lu was born in Shanghai, China in 1950. He earned his BA in oil painting from the painting department at the Shanghai Theater Academy’s Department of Scenic Design. When he graduated, he was appointed to an assistant professorship in painting. In 1986, Lu was invited to the United States for his first solo show, moving stateside soon after, and becoming a citizen. His studies in China had taught him a disciplined background in life study and western techniques, as well as skills to paint proficiently with watercolor, tempera, and oil. Lu’s subjects vary from still life and interiors to his particular specialty, showing the weathered textures and unique facades of houses and boats along the Eastern seaboard. His works have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and China.

   
   

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