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 Paul Hambleton Landacre  (1893 - 1963)

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Lived/Active: California/Ohio      Known for: illustrator, wood engraving

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Columbus, OH on July 9, 1893, Paul Landacre,while a student at Ohio State University, contracted a streptococcus infection which left him crippled for life.  Upon graduation in 1916, he relocated to the milder climate of southern California.  He soon began his career in a San Diego advertising agency and about 1922 settled in Los Angeles where he remained.

In 1926 he quit his job as a commercial artist to concentrate on printmaking.  Landacre taught wood engraving at Otis Art Institute until his suicide on June 3, 1963.

He was the author-illustrator of several books including California Hills.  Rockwell Kent once called him "the best American wood engraver working."

Memberships:
National Academy of Design, California Printmakers Society, California Society of Etchers, San Diego Fine Arts Society

Exhibitions:
Exh: Zeitlin Gallery (LA), 1930 (solo); Philadelphia Print Club, 1932 (1st prize), 1933, 1936, 1944; Bullock’s (LA), 1933; SFMA, 1935; California Art Club, 1936; Northwest Prairie Print Makers, 1933-40 (prizes); Venice Biennale, 1938; Library of Congress, 1943, 1946 (prizes); Smithsonian Inst., 1947 (solo); LACMA, 1946, 1983 (solos).

Collections:
IBM; Boston Museum; Philadelphia Museum; Mills College (Oakland); SFMA; NY Public Library; NMAA; Whitney Museum (NYC); Library of Congress; LACMA; LA Public Library; Huntington Library (San Marino); Orange Co. (CA) Museum; MOMA; Honolulu Academy of FA; Columbus (OH) Public Library; Seattle Museum; Victoria & Albert Museum (London).
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Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); Who's Who in American Art 1936-62; Who's Who in California 1942; Who's Who on the Pacific Coast 1949; Journal of the Print World, Fall 1991; Fine Art & Antiques, Dec. 1993.
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

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Born in Columbus, Ohio, he became one of the most skilled printmakers in the United States. He attended Ohio State University and spent a lifetime on wood engravings. He illustrated numerous books and taught at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. He was a member of the Society of American Graphic Artists.

Biography from Annex Galleries:
Paul Landacre, printmaker and illustrator, was born in Columbus, Ohio and attended Ohio State University until he was suddenly crippled by the onset of a debilitating illness.  In 1916, he moved to Chula Vista, California to recover from his illness, living with his newly remarried father.  During his long convalescence, Landacre roamed the hillsides and found solace in drawing the landscape and soon purchased his first blocks of linoleum.  By 1922, he had moved to Los Angeles to attend classes at the Otis Art Institute. Wood engraving was not part of the curriculum, and Landacre was self-taught in this art form.

He worked as a commerical illustrator, married Margaret McCreery in 1925, and with the support of his wife, devoted himself to wood engraving in 1926.  His first solo exhibition was at the Blanding Sloan Workshop Gallery in San Francisco in 1929, and an exhibition the following year at Zeitlin’s bookshop in Los Angeles was the genesis of a long and rewarding relationship between the artist and Jake Zeitlin.

Landacre became the pre-eminent American woodengraver, an honor bestowed by Rockwell Kent as well as Carl Zigrosser.  His woodengravings are brillant in their composition, style, and stark contrasts and his mastery of the medium led to his election to the National Academy of Design in 1946.  He illustrated award-winning books of poems for Ward Ritchie and Alexander Dumas’ A Gil Blas in California.

His first solo book, California Hills and other Woodengravings of 1931 won Fifty Books of the Year.  Landacre taught woodengraving at the University of Southern California, Otis Art Institute and the Kahn Institute and held memberships in the California Society of Etchers, California Print Makers Society, American Society of Wood Engravers, and the American Society of Etchers, Gravers, Lithographers and Woodcutters.

His woodengravings were included in numerous exhibitions, including the 1939 New York Worlds Fair, and are illustrated in numerous books on woodengraving and American printmaking. 

Repositories of his work include the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Library of Congress; Los Angeles Public Library; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Oakland Museum; New York Public Library; Philadelphia Museum; San Francisco, Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts; and the Seattle Museum.

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