Posted by Larry
Thomas L. Hunt was born February 11, 1882 in London, Ontario, Canada. He studied under both his father John Paul Hunt and Hugh H. Breckenridge.
In 1924 he moved to Southern California living and maintaining a studio in Laguna Beach and residing at various times in Hollywood and San Bernadino. He was a founding member of the Laguna Beach Art Association, and held memberships in the California Art Club and San Diego Art Guild.
Thomas Lorraine Hunt painted harbors, wharves, boats, farms, missions, the coast, and landscapes. Sometimes using pure color his "paintings vibrate with light effects produced by means of broken color" according to an early art critic in 1928.
He won First Prize at the California State Exposition, 1923, First Prize at the Laguna Beach Art Association, 1927 and 1935, and the Fine Arts Society Oil Painting Prize, San Diego Fine Arts Guild, 1933. He died in Santa Ana, California on April 17, 1938.
The author of this biography is a collector and active buyer of paintings by Thomas Hunt and other early California painters, he can be reached by email, Brentemail@aol.com (Larry)