Loran A. D. Montgomery (1904-1999)

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.

Art Alliance of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1934
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1936.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1935, 1938
State Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1938
Germantown, Alabama, 1938
Art Club of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1938
World Fair, New York, 1939
Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1940
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1941
Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
Annual Exhibition, 1948, 1950
Woodmere Art Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1941-46
Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, Pennsylvania 1949
Da Vinci Alliance, 1950
Noyes Museum, Oceanville, New Jersey, 1987

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