Loran A. D. Montgomery (1904-1999). Oil on canvas measures 15 x 26 inches. Depicted is an interior hallway with carpet and stairs. The inventive perspective and complex spatial geometries speak for themselves. Interesting details include the Japanese woodblock hanging in the hallway and the office in the aquamarine room beyond.
LORAN A. D. MONTGOMERY [American 1904-1999]Born on a farm in Mason City, Illinois, in 1904, Loran A. D. Montgomery began his studies in art at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois and the Chouinard Art School in Los Angeles. Montgomery then moved cross-country to pursue his studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Barnes Foundation. After marrying, he sailed on a freighter to Paris where he continued to study painting. He returned to the United States prior to World War II to work on a WPA project. Montgomery exhibited extensively in Philadelphia and southern New Jersey, and in 1987 he was given a solo exhibition at the Noyes Museum of Oceanville, New Jersey.Like Mondrian and other 20th century artists, L. A. D. Montgomery moved from still life and landscape to geometric abstraction. The geometry gives his work its wonderful sense of order. However, underlying all his paintings and collages is a gentle warmth combined with an imposing dignity. The honesty, charm and strength of his work has made him one of southern New Jersey’s leading artists.
Birth place: Mason City, IL
Addresses: Philadelphia, PA
Profession: Painter, teacher
Studied: Chouinard with Clarence Hinkle; PAFA (fellowship); Barnes Fnd.; Paris
Exhibited: CI, 1941; WFNY, 1939; CGA, 1936; Phila. Art All., Traveling Exh., 1934; PMA, 1935, 1938; PAFA, 1940; PAFA Ann., 1948, 1950; Carien Gal.; Woodmere Art Gal., 1941-46; Phila. AC; Da Vinci All.; State Mus., Harrisburg, PA, 1938; Germantown AL, 1938 (prize); Cheltenham (PA) Art Center, 1949 (prize), 1950 (prize); gold medal, Da Vinci All., 1950 (gold med).
Work: Allentown Mus.; Temple Univ.; Bartram, Radnor H.S., PA; Jefferson Hospital, Phila.; Carlisle (PA) Court House
Comments: Position: pres., Cheltenham Township AC, 1958.
Sources: WW59; WW47; Falk, Exh. Record Series