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 Louis H. Porter  (1904 - 1984)

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Lived/Active: Connecticut/New York      Known for: abstract painting

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Biography from Philip Douglas Fine Art:
Louis Porter, American born 1904, died 1984. Porter studied in 1929-1930 at The Arts Students League in New York with the modernist Russian painter Kimon Nicolades, who taught him to study, in Porter’s words, “not what I saw but rather what I felt”.

Under pressure and with contacts from his father he attended Yale University Law School. But Porter struggled for years with the responsibilities of his father's law practice, a new family, and making a living. For several years he stopped painting altogether.

Porter moved to Paris in 1932. There he studied with futurist/modernist painter Jean Marchand, a protégé of Bloomsbury scholar Roger Fry. Back in New York he again studied at The Arts Students League in 1939-1940, this time concentrating on drawing and sketching with Vaclav Vytlacil and Kenneth Hayes Miller. Having failed at law and now as an artist he bought a small farm in Connecticut. There he farmed, but eventually left behind farming to concentrate again exclusively on painting.  He lived & painted for his last 20 years in New Canaan, CT using money from a small family trust left to him.

Louis Porter's art was highly evolved, spiritual, and prolific. His abstractions of the 1960's & 1970's show the influence Vytlacil's extreme color palette yet give a nod to the organic landscape forms of modernist masters Arthur Dove and Georgia O’Keefe.

Between 1939 to 1948 Porter had exhibitions at The Denver Art Museum, The Silvermine Guild, in Connecticut, and Norlyst Gallery in New York. In 1969 and 1972, he had solo exhibitions at Drian Gallery in London.

His work is in the collection of The Denver Art Museum, The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC; and The National Museum, Gdansk. One of his 1940's oils is illustrated in the 1995 Phillips Collection catalog of the collection’s inventory.

Porter wrote two books: Extending our Vision: God is The Infinite, Carlton Press, New York; and Road to Damascus, his autobiography.
Philip D. Heilman
November 2011

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