Lloyd Jr Sexton
(1912 - 1990)
Lloyd Jr Sexton was active/lived in Hawaii. Lloyd Sexton is known for landscape, floral, still life and portrait painting.
Lloyd Jr Sexton
Biography from the Archives of askART
A painter and sculptor, Lloyd Sexton was born in Hilo, Hawaii and settled in Honolulu in 1937 after studying art in Boston at the School of the Museum of the Fine Arts and the Slade School in London. He was known for his floral paintings and was part of the evolving decorative arts movement in Hawaii in the 1930s and 1940s. It was a blending of depictions of island floral and fauna with Art Deco style.
Biography from Douglas Frazer Fine Art, Ltd.
In addition to exhibiting widely in Hawaii, he exhibited at the Vose Galleries in Boston, the Boston Art Club and the Bournemouth Museum in England.
David Forbes, "Encounters With Paradise"
Native-born Hawaiian Lloyd Sexton was an oil painter and sculptor who is known primarily for his landscapes and detailed depictions of tropical flowers. Perhaps a lifelong familiarity with the natural beauty of Hawaii gave Sexton his keen eye for detail and color.
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Sexton was born in Hilo in 1912 and studied at Punahou School. From there he went to the Boston School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1931, received a Cummings travel scholarship and studied at the Slade School at the University of London, where he received first prize for a life drawing. He was additionally honored to have a floral painting exhibited at the Royal Academy in London. Sexton stayed in Europe for several years, traveling and painting.
Returning to Hawaii in 1937, Sexton became a beloved figure, admired for his "meticulous and elegant style." He had had his first solo exhibition of floral works in 1933 in Honolulu, and this was followed by many subsequent solo shows in Hawaii. A second painting, the portrait "Nanea," was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1939.
Between the years 1933-1941, however, Sexton was primarily absorbed with painting for a national advertising campaign conducted by the Hawaiian Pineapple Company (now known as Dole Pineapple). In addition to Pierre Roy, Isamu Noguchi, and Georgia O'Keefe, Sexton was commissioned to provide art for magazine layouts touting the joys of pineapples and pineapple juice in tropical settings. His paintings "Aloha," "Exotic," and "Hauoli" all result from this commission.
In later years Sexton remained active in the art community, becoming a member of the Hawaiian Painters and Sculptors League and its president in 1960. He died in Honolulu in March 1990.
Sources include: WWAA; Forbes: Encounters With Paradise.
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