Louis Benton Akin (1868-1913)

 

Louis Benton Akin (1868-1913)
American Realist landscape and native people painter, illustrator, sign-painter & muralist ;
L. B. Akin ; L.B. Akin ; Louis B. Akin ; L. Benton Akin ; Louis Akin ;
[Born June 6, 1868 in Corballis, Benton, OR – died January 2, 1813 in Flagstaff, Coconino, AZ of pneumonia]

 

FAD record control number: 54353 ;

Record level: Person ;

Record type: Artist ;

 

Louis Benton Akin (1868-1913) biography:

Birth: June 6, 1868 in Corballis, Benton, OR ;
Death: January 2, 1813 in Flagstaff, Coconino, AZ of  pneumonia;
Sex: Male ;
Ethnicity: White ; 
Zodiac:
Gemini ;

Known for: Painting of AZ landscape ; Paintings of Native Americans ; Paintings of Hopi indigenous people ; murals ;
Medium: Oil ; plaster;
Technique: Painting ; fresco ; drawing ; illustration ;
Subjects: Hopi indigenous people ; native people ; landscapes ; desert ; mountains ; Grand Canyon ; horses ;

Areas: Benton, OR (1868-1870) ; Washington, OR (1870-1897) ; New York, NY (1897-1903, 1904-1910) ; Niagara, NY (1910) ; Oraibi, AZ (1903-1904) ; Glacier National Park, MT ; Fraser River area of British Columbia, Canada (1909) ; Flagstaff, Coconino, AZ (1906-1913) ; Chicago, IL (1907) ; Mesa, AZ ;
Region: South West ; North East ; West ;
Lived: Benton, OR (1868-1870) ; Washington, OR (1870-1897) ; West 24th Street, New York, NY (1900) ; West 67th Street, New York, NY (1910) ; Babbitt Brothers store, Flagstaff, AZ, slept on the floor ; Flagstaff, Coconino, AZ (1906-1913) ;
Father: James Akin Jr (1833-1880) ;
Mother: Samatha Caroline T (Kelley) Akin (1844-1880) ;
Relatives: Flora Adeline Akin (1861-?), half-sister ;
Spouse: Mary “Mai” Richie (Reed) Akin-Henderson (1886-1970), wife, married August 27, 1910 in Niagara, NY, was also an arti student of his in Flagstaff, AZ (1910-1915) ;
Children: 

Training: Public school educated ; Chase Art School, New York, NY under William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) and Frank Vincent DuMond (1865-1951) (1900 – for a few months) ;
Instructors:
Work: Commission from the American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY, 2-year 60 ft long panel with several smaller panels of the Hopi & mesas mural (1910-1912) ; Worked for outdoor magazines as an illustrator (1897-1900) ; Harper’s Weekly, New York, NY, illustrations (1901) ; Santa Fe Railway, Pueblo, CO, sent to paint the Hopi people in Oraibi, AZ (1903) ;

Taught:
Students:

Member: Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, member (?-1913), was poor and may have been more unofficially a member ;
Exhibited with: Clausen Gallery, New York, NY, one man show (1904/5) ; Chicago exhibition, Chicago, IL (1907), showing a year’s worth of work on the Hopi people ;
Awards: Honorary member of the Hopi tribe, AZ ;

Milestones: George Glenn Newell (1870-1947), shared studio with artist in New York, NY ; Close friends with fellow Salmagundian’s Cyrus Bates Currier (1868-1946), Arthur James Emery Powell (1864-1956) & George Glenn Newell (1870-1947) ; Suffered from Tuberculosis ; El Tovar Hotel, Grand Canyon, 1907, most popular and famous work ; Focuses on landscape from (1907 until his death) ; Suffered from mental depression ; Book on the artist Color and light : the Southwest canvases of Louis Akin (Flagstaff, Northland Press, 1973) ;

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Digital-born document number:
FAD.2019.54353

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Original compiled and researched document by the Fine Art Database, 266 West 21st Street, New York, NY.

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Record birth date:
October 28, 2019

Last updated: April 20, 2020 at 19:30 pm

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