Artist Biography

Walt LEE
1888 - 1980

Walter Alonzo Lee, a cartoonist and painter, was born on March 21, 1888 in Pasadena, California on a ranch on what is now the corner of Lake and Colorado streets. He was taught to paint by Hanson Puthuff and Paul Lauritz. He later taught cartooning at the Chouinard Art School (1933-35) and was art director of Illustrated Daily News. He then headed the cartoon department at the Los Angeles Times until retirement in 1954. Lee then lived in Lancaster, California where he taught painting and was active in the local art scene. Many of his landscapes are of the desert and dilapidated shacks around Antelope Vallley. He died in Tujunga, California on March 12, 1980. Exhibited: Artists Fiesta (Los Angeles), 1931; Newspaper Artists, See Gallery (Los Angeles), 1932; Antelope Valley Art Ass'n, 1963. Works held: Santa Anita Golf Club.

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