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Wayne LaCom

(b. 1922)

California Watercolorist & Scene Painter

Wayne Lacom was an American watercolorist and graphic designer. He was prominent among the post WWII artists in the California Style Watercolor Movement. He became the President of The National Watercolor Society. One of his favorite subjects were scenes of the California coastline.


I. Biography

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  • 1942-1943 Art Center School, Los Angeles
  • 1943 Chouinard Art Institute
  • 1946-1947 Jepson Art Institute, Los Angeles
  • 1942-1943 Glendale City College
  • 1950-1951 University of California, Los Angeles
  • National Watercolor Society, member since 1948, President 1965-1966
  • Artists for Educational Action
  • Teacher at High School of Art, California State University, East Los Angeles, 1980's
  • II. COLLECTIONS (selected list)

  • Glendale Federal Savings and Loan
  • Brand Library, Glendale, CA
  • Security Pacific Bank
  • Bank of America
  • Western Airlines
  • Hawaiin Airlines
  • Numerous College and Library Collections
  • Mr. Gene Autry
  • Mr. Wes Parker
  • Mr. and Mrs. Leland Stowe

    Solo Exhibitions (selected list):

  • 1945 Emerson Gallery, Tarzana, CA
  • Grand Central Galleries, New York, NYFrancis Webb Galleris, Los Angeles, CA Bullocks Pasadena Gallery, Pasadena, CA
  • 1975 Santa Monica Library Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
  • 1978 Palos Verdes Art Association Gallery, Palos Verdes, CA
  • 1985 White's Gallery, Montrose, CA
  • 1980s Brand Library Gallery, Glendale, CA
  • 1996 Village Square Galleries, Montrose, CA
  • 1965, 1970s, 1992, 1994, 1997, 2003 The Village Gallery, Lahaina, HI -
  • Group Exhibitions (select list)

  • 1940s The California Style Artists at Home & Abroad, 1930-1986 Cuernavaca Museum, Mexico
  • 1940s Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico, D.F.
  • 1940s Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • 1950s Los Angeles County Fair
  • National Watercolor Society Denver Art Museum Oakland Art Museum
  • 1990s Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
  • 2005 National Watercolor Society Member's Show
  • 31st Annual Catalina Festival of Art, First Place Mixed Media International Bakersfield Museum of Art
  • V. BIBLIOGRAHPY (Books & Videos)

    1. 1. Brommer, Gerald. Transparent Watercolor. Worcester, MA: Davis Publications, 1973.
    2. 2. Brommer, Gerald. Exploring Painting. Worcester, MA: Davis Publications, 1973.
    3. 3. Falk, Peter Hastings, Ed. Who Was Who in American Art: 1564-1975. Madison, CT: 1999.
    4. 4. Grumbacher, M. et al. Palette Talk. New York: 1960s.
    5. 5. McClelland, Gordon and Last, Jay T. The California Style: California Watercolor Artists, 1925-1955. Beverly Hills, CA: Hillcrest, 1985.
    6. 6. McClelland, Gordon and Last, Jay T. California Watercolors - 1850-1970. Santa Ana, CA: Hillcrest, 2003.
    7. 7. Perine, Robert. The California Romantics, Harbingers of Watercolorism. Encinitas, CA: Artra, 1986.
    8. 8. The Creative Hand. Video, Los Angeles Unified School District, c. 1960s.
    9. 9. Who's Who in the West. Chicago: Reed Reference Publishing, 1996.

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