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Leland Curtis (1897-1989)

Born in Denver, Colorado on August 7, 1897, Curtis was a resident of Seattle before moving to Los Angeles in 1914. He was inspired to become an artist by his teacher Rob Wagner at Manual Arts High School. After working as a bank teller and serving in World War I, he soon was able to support himself as an illustrator. He served as official artist of the U.S. Antarctica Expedition in 1939-40 and again in 1957.

About 1960 he changed his residence from Los Angeles to Twenty Nine Palms, California, with summers in Moose, Wyoming. An avid mountain climber, his studio in the Grand Tetons was a rustic log cabin. In 1972 he moved to Carson City, Nevada, where he remained until his passing on March 17, 1989.

He is best known for his landscapes of the High Sierra, Grand Tetons, and Antarctica. His works won dozens of medals and prizes from the early 1920s in Southern California shows.

Member: Carmel Art Association; Artland Club.

Exhibited: California Art Club, 1923-27; Laguna Beach Art Association, 1924; California State Fair, 1926; Cannell & Chaffin Gallery (Los Angeles), 1926; Ebell Club, Los Angeles, 1926; Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles, 1926-31; National Academy of Design, 1930; Toledo Museum, 1931; American Painters & Sculptors, Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science and Art, 1931, 1937 (solo), 1946 (solo); Oakland Art Gallery, 1932; Tuesday Afternoon Club, Glendale, 1934; Golden Gate International Exhibition, 1939; California Palace Legion of Honor, 1945; Artists of the South West, 1951.

Works held: Grand Teton National Park; Los Angeles Athletic Club; Artland Club, Los Angeles. Source:

Artists in California, 1786-1940, Edan Hughes

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