|Stanislaus Pociecha Poray|
Stanislaus Peciecha Poray was born in Krakow, Poland on April 10, 1888.Stan Poray was raised in an atmosphere of wealth and art. His father, Count Michael Poray, was an established landscape painter. The younger Poray studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and in Paris. He lived in Moscow and Siberia where he was art director of the First Art Theatre in Tomsk in 1918. Uprooted by the Russian Revolution, he decamped to Eastern Asia where for three years he painted the Imperial family and other notables. After settling in Los Angeles in 1921, he soon became active in the local art world. The interior of his home, which he both designed and built, was a miniature reproduction of a Japanese temple. During his early years in California he painted landscapes, coastals, the missions, and nocturnes; however, later in life he specialized in still lifes. Evidenced in his painting is his study of ancient Chinese culture, philosphy, and art. Poray was a resident of Los Angeles at the time of his death at the airport in NYC on Oct. 18, 1948.
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His works were reproduced in the Los Angeles Times (12-2-1928) and Art Digest (11-1-1947).
Member: Calif. Art Club; San Diego Art Guild; Société des Artistes Polonais (Paris); LAAA; Painters and Sculptors of LA. Exh: Springville (UT) Museum, 1929; Stendahl Gallery (LA), 1929, 1931, 1938 (solos); Hollywood Riviera Club, 1936; GGIE, 1939. In: Commercial Club (LA); Jonathan Club (LA); Gardena (CA) High School; Radcliffe College; Detroit Inst. of Art; Fogg Museum (Harvard); LACMA. AAA 1931-33; CSL; Ben; WWPC 1947; Sam; SCA; AAW; WWAA 1936-53 (obit).