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 Alwin Lawrence Suman  (1902 - 1986)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: commercial art, illustration, painting

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Born in NYC on Jan. 30, 1902. At age eight Suman moved with his family to Tucson, AZ where he was later an outstanding high school athlete. At Annapolis, he played varsity baseball but resigned his commission to pursue studies at Syracuse University and Chicago Academy of Art. He came to Los Angeles in 1924, established a commercial art business and a home in Sierra Madre. During the early 1940s he had a pottery business which made "Petalware." During WWII he joined the war effort as a designer of war insignia at Disney Studios. Suman died in Sierra Madre on Jan. 6, 1986. Exh: LACMA, 1941; Laguna Beach AA, 1942; American Drawing Biennial, 1964.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Interview with the artist or his/her family; California Arts and Architecture list, 1932; Who's Who in American Art 1947; Death record; Sierra Madre News, 1-16-1986 (obituary).
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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