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Charles Brode Lawler
Contemporary (post 1945) Sculpture
(Los Angeles, CA, April 22, 1902 - September 12, 1977, Pescadero, CA)
A sculptor of the California Figurative Movement of the mid-20th century, Charles Brode Lawler created works consisting of saturated colors, thick layered pigment, and unorthodox geometric compositions.
Lawler was born in Los Angeles, CA on April 22, 1902 to Oscar and Hilda B. Lawler. Although he initially prepared to become a lawyer following his graduation from U.C. Berkeley in 1924, he decided to abandon his career track to art during his studies at Harvard Law School in 1928. He leveraged his experiences working at the Los Angeles Gladding-McBean tile plant to move to Paris in 1930 due to the vibrant ceramic sculpting partnerships between Los Angeles and Paris in the late 1920s. Between 1930 and 1941, he alternated between mentors such as Charles Malfray, Ralph Stackpole, and Alexander Archipenko, provoking frequent visits between France and the United States. During the Second World War, he constructed bomber models for Hughes Aircraft and Lockheed.
Lawler further developed his creative and academic skills after the war. Seeking to share his passion for ceramic art to a younger generation, he became an associate professor at Pomona College between 1949 and 1957. The last 20 years of his life was devoted to creating sculptures for colleges and universities throughout the United States. Lawler died in his ranch in Pescadero, California in 1977 at the age of 75.