Artist Biography

1913 - 1987

Louis Macouillard was born in San Francisco, CA on September 8, 1913 of French descent. He graduated from Polytechnic High School and the California College of Arts and Crafts (1934) followed by further study at the Art Students League in New York City. Returning to his native city, he became art director for the Velvetone Poster Company and maintained a studio on Hotaling Place. He began painting (mostly watercolors) scenes of San Francisco during the 1930s. During World War Two he served as a Navy lieutenant in the South Pacific and produced many art works of that area, some of which were featured in a six-page spread and cover of the October 1943 issue of Life magazine. As well as fine art, his work includes book illustrations and the designs of two United States postage stamps (Daniel Boone & San Antonio). He was also a skilled yachtsman and hand-crafted one of the first trimarans to sail on San Francisco Bay. His later years were divided between his home in San Francisco and his studio-home in Glen Ellen in Sonoma County. Macouillard died in his native city on November 26, 1987. Exhibited: Oakland Art Gallery, 1934; Gump's (San Francisco); San Francisco Art Ass'n, 1935. Works held: Giannini Bank, San Mateo (mosaic mural).

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