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Laurence Sisson (1928-2015)

Laurence Sisson (1928-2015)

Laurence Sisson (1928-2015)

Relevant New Article on Laurence Sisson: http://www.boothbayregister.com/article/eastern-sisson-connection/77539

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Laurence Sisson became a landscape painter and illustrator. He studied at Yale Summer School and was artist-in-residence at Publick House in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and in 1955 became Director of the Portland, Maine School of Fine and Applied Art. 


He is known for his paintings of the Maine coast and landscapes of the southwest. His style ranges from plein air watercolors to large oil landscapes with abstract and surrealist elements. Sisson has spent the last forty years living in both areas of the United States yet he notes the most influential place for his artistic development was the time he spent in Japan as a young man.

A talented painter from childhood, he attended art classes at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts. He painted professionally while in his early twenties although he had not yet decided to devote his life to art. While serving in the military during the United States occupation of Japan after War World II, he was assigned to decorate the general's residence in Yokohama. This assignment forced him to learn all he could about the land and culture of Japan, and by the time he left he was changed as an artist and man. 

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Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Laurence Sisson became a landscape painter and illustrator. He studied at Yale Summer School and was artist-in-residence at Publick House in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and in 1955 became Director of the Portland, Maine School of Fine and Applied Art. 

He is known for his paintings of the Maine coast and landscapes of the southwest. His style ranges from plein air watercolors to large oil landscapes with abstract and surrealist elements. Sisson has spent the last forty years living in both areas of the United States yet he notes the most influential place for his artistic development was the time he spent in Japan as a young man.

A talented painter from childhood, he attended art classes at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts. He painted professionally while in his early twenties although he had not yet decided to devote his life to art. While serving in the military during the United States occupation of Japan after War World II, he was assigned to decorate the general's residence in Yokohama. This assignment forced him to learn all he could about the land and culture of Japan, and by the time he left he was changed as an artist and man. 

Sisson describes this period of his painting as when he began "designing nature." His work appears to be a response to traditional Asian landscape painting, his Yankee sensibility and western art training at Yale summer school. His landscapes of both Maine and the southwest are inspired by real locations, but are in fact imaginary landscapes.

Sisson was the youngest member of the Watercolor Society of America, but eventually resigned from the organization and has not participated in any others during his career. 

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