Title: Forest Fire
Artist: Paul Landacre
Size: 8×6 inches
Born in Columbus, OH on July 9, 1893, Paul Landacre,while a student at Ohio State University, contracted a streptococcus infection which left him crippled for life. Upon graduation in 1916, he relocated to the milder climate of southern California. He soon began his career in a San Diego advertising agency and about 1922 settled in Los Angeles where he remained.
In 1926 he quit his job as a commercial artist to concentrate on printmaking. Landacre taught wood engraving at Otis Art Institute until his suicide on June 3, 1963.
He was the author-illustrator of several books includingCalifornia Hills. Rockwell Kent once called him “the best American wood engraver working.”
National Academy of Design, California Printmakers Society, California Society of Etchers, San Diego Fine Arts Society
Exh: Zeitlin Gallery (LA), 1930 (solo); Philadelphia Print Club, 1932 (1st prize), 1933, 1936, 1944; Bullock’s (LA), 1933; SFMA, 1935; California Art Club, 1936; Northwest Prairie Print Makers, 1933-40 (prizes); Venice Biennale, 1938; Library of Congress, 1943, 1946 (prizes); Smithsonian Inst., 1947 (solo); LACMA, 1946, 1983 (solos).