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Thomas Lorraine Hunt
(1882-1938)


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"Laguna Tide Pools"
Oil on paper
5 x 6 inches




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Thomas Lorraine Hunt was born in London, Ontario, Canada on February 11, 1882 to artist John Powell Hunt. At a young age, Hunt began studying art under his father, and later with Hugh H. Breckenridge at the Pennsylvania Academy, and eventually in other various American and European art centers.

To earn a living, Hunt learned about the construction business and moved to Cleveland, Ohio to be a real estate developer. During his time in Cleveland, he built and sold apartment buildings--in his leisure time, Hunt continued to paint. In 1924, at 42, Hunt moved to California where he continued to work in real estate development in Hollywood and San Bernardino. He was very involved in the Laguna arts community; he was a founding member of the Laguna Beach Art Association and was instrumental in the establishment of the Laguna Museum of Art. He taught classes, painted, exhibited locally, and helped aspiring young artists financially and as a mentor. Hunt painted, using a highly colorful palette, in Canada, Northern and Southern California and New England. Drawn to the seaside, he sought his preferred subject matter -- wharves and boats. He also painted beach scenes with crashing waves over rocks, cottages, snowy hillsides and village scenes. Known for his use of pure color, he creates paintings intended to sparkle and vibrate with scintillating light effects. His viewpoint and treatment of his subject matter is highly distinctive.

After his wife died in 1934, Hunt returned to Canada and then to Gloucester, Massachusetts where he had painted earlier in his life. He returned to Laguna Beach 2-3 years later, and died nearby at the Santa Ana Valley Hospital on April 17, 1938 from an ulcer operation. He is buried in Mountain View Cemetery in San Bernardino.

Member: San Diego Art Guild, California; California Art Club; Painters and Sculptors of Los Angeles; Laguna Beach Art Association, California.

Exhibited: California State Fair, 1923; San Francisco Art Association, 1924; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1927; Laguna Beach Art Association, 1927, 1935; Pasadena Art Institute, 1933; San Diego Fine Art Guild, 1933.

Work Held: Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California; Kansas City Museum, Kansas; Laguna Museum of Art, California.

Sources:
Irvine Museum. All Things Bright & Beautiful: California Impressionist Paintings from The Irvine Museum. Print.
Hughes, Edan, M. Artists in California: 1786-1940. Print.
Westphal, Ruth. Plein Air Painters of California: The Southland
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