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 Peterpaul Ott  (1895 - 1992)

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, Peterpaul Ott was known primarily for his sculpture in wood, bronze, terra cotta, tile, and aluminum. He was raised in Dresden and studied there at the Royal College of Fine and Applied Arts. He served in World War I and then studied at the Austrian State Academy of Fine Arts on a four year scholarship.

In 1924, he immigrated to New York City and worked in a factory carving furniture. Soon he began earning commissions for architectural sculpture, doing interiors and exteriors of buildings. He also studied at Cooper Union with Alexander Archipenko.

In 1931, he moved to Chicago where he gave private lessons and taught at Northwestern University and the Evanston Academy of Fine Arts. From 1936 to 1939, he was the Chicago WPA supervisor of sculpture. In 1940, he moved to California, settling in Laguna Beach. He taught at several high schools in Laguna beach, South Pasadena, Whittier, and San Juan Capistrano.

Source: Artists in California, 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes

Biography from Spencer Jon Helfen Fine Arts:
Peterpaul Ott was born in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia in 1895, raised in Dresden, and studied art in both Germany and Austria.  In 1924 Ott came to New York City, and by 1928 had received commissions for architectural sculpture in the area.  While in New York he studied at the Cooper Union and under Alexander Archipenko.

Ott exhibited between 1928 and 1933 at the New York Architectural League, the National Academy of Design, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, as well as at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in 1929.

Moving to Chicago in 1931, Ott taught sculpture there privately and at local colleges, and served as the Chicago supervisor of sculpture for the WPA from 1936 to 1939. Ott exhibited widely and often in the Chicago area, including a solo exhibition at the Evanston Academy in 1932, as well as participating in the “A Century of Progress” exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1934.  His public sculptures in Illinois include two 15-foot-high mahogany reliefs in Chicago’s Lane Technical High School; and aluminum sculptures and wood reliefs in post offices.

Ott visited California in 1939, and moved there the following year.  Settling in Laguna Beach, he taught at several area high schools, as well as at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, and exhibited at the Laguna Beach Art Association throughout the 1940s, as well as at the Laguna Festival of the Arts and Sawdust Festival annuals.  Retiring from teaching in 1967, Ott lived in Laguna Beach until his demise in 1992.

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