Dan Lutz (1906-1978)
Dan Lutz grew up in Decatur, Illinois. He attended the Chicago Art Institute for four years and in 1931, received the James Nelson Raymond Traveling Fellowship which enabled him to study and paint in Europe. Then he earned a BFA degree from the University of Southern California.
Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, he primarily produced watercolors featuring regional subjects. After 1950, he concentrated on abstract works painted with oils on canvas. He developed with opaque watercolors, a bright abstract style that differed from many California artists. He did many Social Realist paintings of lower class life in Los Angeles and visual interptetations of African-American spirituals. He taught art at the University of Southern California in the 1930s and at the Chouinard Art Institute in the 1940s. In the 1950s and 1960s, he lectured occasionally, while continuing to paint.
Member: American Watercolor Society, California Water Color Society, Philadelphia Water Color Club