Frederick Alexander Pawla (1876-1964)


Fredrick Pawla (1876-1964). The Headland, c.1930. Oil on canvas measures 28 x 36 inches; 33 x 41 inches in original frame. Signed lower right. Signed and titled en verso. Minor inpainting. The canvas has been relined and reinforced with mylar sheet to address cracking and lifting. The surface is a heavy, reworked impasto. The scene depicts Headland Cove at Point Lobos State reserve near Carmel, CA.



Painter, muralist. Born in Wimbledon, England on Sept. 6, 1876, Pawla came to the U.S. as a boy. At 14 he enlisted in the Navy and remained until the end of WWI. He studied art in Europe and was active in NYC before moving to Santa Barbara, CA in the 1920s. He exhibited locally and maintained a home there through the 1940s. In 1929 he worked in San Francisco and in 1931 commissions took him back to NYC. Pawla was a resident of Monterey before his death at Fort Ord, CA on Dec. 18, 1964. His work includes marines, coastal scenes, and landscapes. Member: Royal Art Society (New So. Wales); Santa Barbara AA; San Diego Artists Society. Exh: Santa Cruz Art League, 1929; GGIE, 1939. Murals: Burlingame (CA) High School; Rainbow Room, Rockefeller Center (NYC); War Dept (Washington, DC); Cloister Hotel (Sea Island, GA); Surfside Hotel (Miami Beach); Dept. of Public Markets (NYC). AAA 1931-33; WWAA 1936-47; SCA; AAW.


Birth place: England

Death place: Fort Ord, CA

Addresses: NYC; Santa Barbara, CA

Profession: Painter, decorator

Studied: Europe.

Exhibited: Santa Cruz Art Lg., 1929

Member: Royal Art Soc., NSW; Santa Barbara AS; San Diego AS.

Work: Burlingame H.S. (murals); War Dept., Wash., DC; murals, Dept. Pub. Markets, NYC.

Sources: WW40; Hughes, Artists in California, 427.