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Leland Curtis

 (1897 - 1989)
Leland S. Curtis was active/lived in California, Colorado, Nevada.  Leland Curtis is known for landscape, illustrations, expedition artist-Antartica.

Leland Curtis

Biography from the Archives of askART

Born in Denver, CO on Aug. 7, 1897, Curtis was a resident of Seattle before moving to Los Angeles in 1914.  He was inspired to become an artist by his teacher Rob Wagner at Manual Arts High School.  After working as a bank teller and serving in WWI, he soon was able to support himself as an illustrator.  He served as official artist of the U.S. Antarctica Expedition in 1939-40 and again in 1957. 

About 1960 he changed his residence from Los Angeles to Twenty Nine Palms, California, with summers in Moose, Wyoming.  An avid mountain climber, his studio in the Grand Tetons was a rustic log cabin.  In 1972 he moved to Carson City, Nevada, where he remained until his demise on March 17, 1989.

He is best known for his landscapes of the High Sierra, Grand Tetons, and Antarctica. His works won dozens of medals and prizes from the early 1920s in southern California shows.

Member: Carmel Art Association; Artland Club.

Exh: California Art Club, 1923-27; Laguna Beach Art Association, 1924; California State Fair, 1926; Cannell & Chaffin Gallery (Los Angeles), 1926; Ebell Club (Los Angeles), 1926; Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles, 1926-31; National Academy of Design, 1930; Toledo Museum, 1931; American Painters & Sculptors, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1931, 1937 (solo), 1946 (solo); Oakland Art Gallery, 1932; Tuesday Afternoon Club (Glendale), 1934; Golden Gate International Exhibition, 1939; California Palace Legion of Honor, 1945; Artists of the South West, 1951.

In: Grand Teton National Park; Athletic Club (Los Angeles); Artland Club (Los Angeles).

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
American Art Annual 1929-33; Artists of the American West (Samuels); Who's Who in American Art 1936-62; Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure).

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Biography from the Archives of askART
A California desert and mountain painter best known for his views of Antarctica, he created widely exhibited work including California desert and mountain landscapes. From 1939 to 1940 and in 1957, he was the official artist for the United States Antarctica Expeditions and earned national attention for his views of the South Pole. He also painted in Utah and Monument Valley.

He was born in Denver, Colorado, and arrived in Los Angeles in 1914 where he began his art studies in high school. In 1917, he enlisted in the Armed Forces and then became a commercial illustrator. Later in his life he retired to the California desert and in 1972, became a resident of Carson City, Nevada, where he died in 1989.

Biography from William A. Karges Fine Art - Santa Monica
Leland Curtis was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1897, and moved to Los Angeles in 1914, where he attended the Manual Arts High School. Finding work as an illustrator, Curtis was chosen as the official artist for the United States Antarctica Expeditions in 1939, 1940, and 1957.

He is best remembered for works done on these trips, as well as many fine works done while hiking through California's High Sierra Mountains.

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About  Leland Curtis

Born:  1897 - Denver, Colorado
Died:   1989 - Carson City, Nevada
Known for:  landscape, illustrations, expedition artist-Antartica

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