Hanson Duvall Puthuff Biography

Born in Waverly, MO on Aug. 21, 1875.  Hanson Puthuff studied at the AIC before moving to Colorado in 1889 to study at the University of Denver Art School.

He arrived in Los Angeles in 1903 and for 23 years painted billboards for Foster & Kleiser. After 1926 he was able to abandon commercial art and devote full time to fine art and exhibitions.

Puthuff died in Corona del Mar on May 12, 1972. He is nationally famous for his lyric landscapes of the southern California deserts.

Member: Palette & Chisel Club (Chicago); Pasadena Society of Artists; Salmagundi Club; Southern States Art League.

Exhibited: Blanchard Gallery (LA), 1906, 1907; Del Monte Art Gallery, 1908-12; Alaska-Yukon Expo (Seattle), 1909; Calif. Art Club, 1912-23; Paris Salon, 1914 (bronze medal); LACMA, 1914, 1917 (solos), 1929; Panama-Calif. Expo (San Diego), 1915 (silver medal); SFAA, 1916; Calif. State Fair, 1918 (gold medal), 1919 (silver medal), 1926, 1930; Ten Painters of LA, 1919; Laguna Beach AA, 1920-21 (1st prizes); Southwest Museum (LA), 1921 (2nd prize); Calif. WC Society, 1921-23; Leonard’s Gallery (LA), 1923; Springville (UT) High School, 1924 (1st prize); Painters of the West (LA), 1925 (silver medal), 1927 (gold medal), 1930 (bronze medal); Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1926; Ebell Club (LA), 1927; Pacific Southwest Expo, 1928 (silver medal); Foothill Artists (La Canada), 1936; GGIE, 1939; Whittier AA, 1944; AIC, 1945.

In: Hackley Museum (Muskegon, MI); Pasadena Art Inst.; Laughlin Theatre, Long Beach (murals); CHS; Municipal Collections of Denver and Phoenix; Gardena (CA) High School; Orange Co. (CA) Museum; Fleischer Museum (Scottsdale); LACMA; Irvine (CA) Museum.

Source:  Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"