Thomas Lorraine Hunt was born in London, Ontario, Canada, on February 11, 1882. His was parents were Canadian artist John Powell Hunt and Phoebe Hogarth Hunt. He was the second of four children.
Hunt first studied with his father, John Powell Hunt (1854-1932), and later with Hugh Breckenridge (1870-1937) at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and in the summer, at his school in East Gloucester, Massachusetts.
In 1910, Hunt married Phoebe Hogarth, in London, Canada. By 1917, when he registered for the World War I draft, he was settled in Cleveland, Ohio, working in construction and painting in his spare time. In 1924, he came to California, living in Hollywood and in San Bernardino. In 1927 he established himself in Laguna Beach. He was a member of the California Art Club, the Laguna Beach Art Association and the San Diego Art Guild.
Thomas Hunt gradually evolved from Impressionism to a distinctive and unique form of Post Impressionism. His mature works are visual statements characterized by almost flat areas of vivid color arranged in representational patterns, resulting in bold, dramatic canvases that celebrate color. He was uncommonly modernistic for the period in which he worked and thus found it difficult to sell his works.
Thomas L. Hunt died on April 17, 1938, at Santa Ana Valley Hospital resulting from complications following an ulcer operation.
Written by (Mr.) Jean Stern
The Irvine Museum Collection
at the University of California, Irvine
Institute and Museum for California Art
LPAPA Signature Artist Member Jesse Powell of Carmel, California
LPAPA’s January 2019 featured Signature Artist Member of the Month.
Jesse Powell was born in 1977 in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in painting and drawing, and went on to study in the Republic of Georgia under the tutelage of Russian and American painters Nicholai Dubovik, Ilya Yatsenko, and John Wurdeman. His influences include many of today’s living artists, such as Matt Smith and Clyde Aspevig, along with many California and American impressionists. Jesse’s work has received numerous awards, including second place in the 2013 Plein Air Salon, and the Irvine Museum Award at the 101st annual California Art Club Gold Medal Show. Jesse’s paintings have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including shows at The Fischer Museum at USC, The Autry National Center, The Irvine Museum, The Laguna Art Museum, The Pasadena Museum of California History, The Pasadena Museum of California Art, and The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Most recently, Jesse has become the first living artist to have a work accepted into the permanent collection of The Irvine Museum. He currently resides with his wife in Carmel, California.
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LPAPA Artist Member Erich Neubert of Dana Point, California
LPAPA’s January 2019 Artist Member of the Month
Erich has been an artist since childhood. In 1996 he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in graphic design from Cal State Fullerton, upon which he promptly went into a career of computers. After many years, and one too many meetings, he decided follow his passion and pursue his art career. After taking a plein air class, he was hooked on painting California Impressionism and hasn’t looked back.
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LPAPA Signature Artist Member David Boyd, Jr. of Newnan, Georgia
LPAPA’s December 2018 featured Signature Artist Member of the Month.
“I use my plein air work as a way to “capture a feeling.” I use my camera to record a moment. Back in my studio I like to combine these into large scale paintings of those things I wish I could keep forever… old signs, decaying building, old cars, trucks and tractors, and beautiful rural landscapes. My paintings are my memories, and accordingly, some of my paintings take the angle of a child’s viewpoint; lower to the ground.” — David Boyd Jr.
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