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Richard Lofton: Portraits

Richard Lofton Armin HansenThursday January 9 – Sunday March 29, 2020

Richard Lofton (1908-1966) was a much loved and well known painter on the Monterey Peninsula in the 1950s and 60s. Although perhaps best known for his sumptuous and facile plein air landscapes, he also did many portraits, often commissioned. This presentation, drawn mostly from the Lofton family collection, and supplemented with long-term loans from Monterey Peninsula College and the Museum’s own collection, has a particular focus upon portraits he did of his artist friends who were willing to sit for him in his studio, while talking together and most likely drinking coffee. They are some of his most vibrant, intimate and color filled works, done in his loose, painterly style. The evolution of Lofton’s style is evident over the period in which these were painted, as is the animated humanity of the painters, sculptors, photographers and writers who lived and worked on the Peninsula at a particularly fruitful and fascinating time.

Melissa Lofton

Image: Richard Lofton (1908-1966), Portrait of Armin Hansen, 1950, oil on Masonite, 32 x 23 in. (81.28 x 58.42 cm). Museum purchase by exchange; gift of Mr and Mrs. Gerald Bates, Mrs. J.B. Heywood, Elizabeth George Lawlor in memory of Dorothy George Meakin, William and Renee Petersen, Mr. and Mrs. John Shephard, Mr. and Mrs. E.V. Staude, and an anonymous donor.