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."
Source: 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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