Leland Curtis (1897-1989)
Leland Curtis was Born in Denver, CO, on August 7, 1897. Curtis was a resident of Seattle before moving to Los Angeles in 1914. Leland Curtis was inspired to become an artist by his teacher Rob Wagner at Manual Arts High School. After working as a bank teller and serving in WWI, he could soon support himself as an illustrator. Leland Curtis served as the official artist of the U.S. Antarctica Expedition in 1939-40 and again in 1957.
About 1960, Curtis changed his residence from Los Angeles to Twenty Nine Palms, California, with summers in Moose, Wyoming. Leland Curtis was an avid mountain climber and one of the founders of the Sierra Club’s “Ski Mountaineers” section. Leland Curtis had a studio in the Grand Tetons, which was a rustic log cabin. In 1972 he moved to Carson City, Nevada, where he remained until his demise on March 17, 1989.
He is best known for his landscapes of the High Sierra, Grand Tetons, and Antarctica. His works won dozens of medals and prizes from the early 1920s in southern California shows.
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