• Carl Lawless
  • 1894-1964
  • American


Carl Lawless, a native of Illinois, studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts prior to World War I. As a recipient of the Cresson traveling scholarship from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, he studied in Europe after the war's end. Upon his return he relocated to Pennsylvania. He became enchanted by the shore town of Mystic, Connecticut when visiting a married couple with whom he had studied in Europe. He later purchased a home in Mystic in 1925 and immediately became an active member in the budding local art association.

The most notable aspect of Lawless' approach to landscape painting is his ability to incorporate certain "patterns into an overall design that [is] authentic to nature." Light and shadow also have a prominent role in Lawless' artwork, a quality which the artist most likely adopted from a fellow Mystic resident and member of the art association, Charles Harold Davis (1856-1933). Davis, too, is well known for his richly hued scenes with an emphasis on the effects of natural light.

Selected Collections:
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Museum of New Mexico, Sante Fe
Mystic Art Association, Mystic, CT