Paul Landacre is remembered as one of the most talented wood engravers and linoleum block printers of the 20th century. Born in the Midwest, Landacre moved to Southern California as a young man after suffering from a crippling illness.
Monterey Hills. 1931. Wood engraving
Tuonela. 1934. Smithsonian American Art Museum
Searching for a new start, Landacre settled in Los Angeles where he would discover his future wife and career. After a few classes at Otis College of Art, Landacre realized his talent and passion for printmaking. In the 1920s Landacre started showing great professional and commercial success. He showed his prints in several California galleries before entering the New York art scene. By the 1940s, Landacre was showing in major exhibitions around the country, culminating into a solo show at the Smithsonian Museum in 1947. Despite Lanacre’s success on the East Coast, he resided in California until his death in the early 1960s.
Children’s Carnival. Smithsonian American Art Museum
Shell. Smithsonian American Art Museum
Three Kids and a Horse. 1943. Wood Engraving
Many of Landacre’s printing blocks are now owned by UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. His editioned prints are in major collections across the United States.