Louis Oscar (L.O.) Griffith
19th & 20th Century
St. Louis School of F.A.
Art Institute of Chicago
- Putnam County
- Brown County
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Born in 1875 in Greencastle, IN, Louis Oscar Griffith lived in Nashville, IN the last thirty years of his life, after spending many years in Texas (childhood), St. Louis (art school) and Chicago (career).
While growing up in Texas he was taken under the wing of well-known artist Frank Reaugh, who helped him develop his artistic skills. At one point they took a trip to the Southwest by covered wagon, painting as they traveled. He also visited and has many works set in New Orleans, Texas and Mexico.
‘L.O.’, or ‘Griff’ was a successful commercial artist in Chicago by the late teens, and married Carolyn Maulsby in 1920. 1922 was a pivotal year. As the story goes, he had sent off a just completed illustration of a ham to a meat-packing firm. The company’s art direct sent it back with he notation “Make ham more graceful.” That apparently tipped the scale and sent him, his wife and young son packing for Nashville, IN, county seat of beautiful Brown County, which they had been visiting for years.
A man of strict scheduling and precision, he rose at 6:00 am everyday, and painted in his studio and a slow and methodical pace, often from sketches he earlier had made in the field. His etchings in particular were works of perfectionism, whether in black and white or in multi-layers of color. Griffith was known for his subtle tonalities of his aquatints, and won many awards.
He was also a regular exhibitor in Brown County and the Hoosier Salon. The Griffiths were also good friends with fellow artists and neighbors Adolph and Alberta Schultz and the Vawters.
Louis Oscar Griffith died in 1956 in Franklin, Indiana at age 81.
Note: Not to be confused with Lorenze Griffith (who signed as “L. Griffith” ) who also painted in and around Indiana in the early 20th century.
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