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 Louis K. Stone  (1902 - 1984)

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Lived/Active: New Jersey/Ohio      Known for: geometric-other abstract, mural

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An abstract painter, Louis Stone settled in Lambertville, New Jersey from 1935 and taught classes in non objective painting including at New Hope, Pennsylvania.

He studied at the Cincinnati Art Academy and at the Pennsylvania Academy with Daniel Garber. He was also a student at the Art Students League and in Munich with Hans Hofmann. From 1927 to 1933, he traveled with his wife in Europe and for a period rented Cezanne's studio. In France, he became friends with Marsden Hartley, and for several years he ran the Morris School of Fine Arts in Lambertville.

Source: Peter Falk, Who Was Who in American Art.

Biography from Michael Rosenfeld Gallery:
Louis King Stone was born in Findlay, Ohio in 1902 and received formal art training at the Art Academy of Cincinnati (1919-20), the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts summer sessions (1926), and the Art Students League in New York City (1926-27) with Boardman Robinson and Thomas Hart Benton. While painting in Gloucester, Massachusetts during the summer of 1927, Stone met artist Carolyn Hoag, whom he married later that fall. Following their marriage, the Stones lived in Europe for five years, spending most of their time in Southern France. While abroad, Stone studied with Hans Hofmann in St. Tropez and later, at the Hofmann School of Fine Arts in Munich, the Academie Colorossi in Paris, and with André L'hote at the artist's summer school in Mirmande, France. He also lived and painted in Paul Cézanne's former home/studio in Aix-en-Provence. Stone's studies in Europe laid the foundation for his early non-objective work. Stone returned to the United States in 1933 and lived for a brief period in Woodstock, New York before traveling to Florida where Stone and painter James S. Morris co-founded the Stone-Morris School of Fine Arts in Jacksonville.

In 1935, he settled in Lambertville, New Jersey, a town near New Hope, Pennsylvania that was home to an active artistic and intellectual community. Stone reunites with close friend Charles Evans, and becomes a leading member of the recently formed Independents, a modernist artist's collective founded by Charles F. Ramsey. Like other associations of American artists during this period (i.e. the American Abstract Artists and the Transcendental Painting Group), the Independents were struggling to gain recognition in a culture that was not particularly receptive to abstract art. Stone exhibited regularly with the Independents and worked to establish the Cooperative Painting Project. Inspired by the performances of improvisational jazz musicians, the Cooperative Painting Project held visual "jam sessions," where the three artists would work together on a single painting, signing their finished artwork with the combined name "Ramstonev." Although Stone frequently collaborated and exchanged ideas with other members of the Independents (including B.J.O. Nordfeldt, John Nevin, Lloyd "Bill" Ney, and Elsie Driggs), his work from the mid-1930s and 1940s retains a distinctive style that demonstrates a mastery of the modernist lessons he learned in Europe, while asserting an innovative use of flat color to suggest three dimensional space.

Stone once remarked that he wanted "to keep his colors alive," and consequently, his work contains visually complex color harmonies that demonstrate his willingness to break the stylistic conventions of the School of Paris in favor of a more idiosyncratic palette. In addition to his association with the Independents, Stone exhibited in the New York Worlds Fair in New York City (1939), as well as in regional museums and galleries throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. He worked for the WPA easel project (from approximately 1935-1938), painting canvases for murals in various public buildings throughout the United States. Stone continued to paint and travel extensively with his family throughout North America until his death in 1984 at the age of 82 at his home near Lambertville, NJ.

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