Born in Wisconsin, La Monte Westmoreland
moved to California as a young adult and studied art at Los
Angeles City College (AA). He continued his studies at California
State University, Los Angeles, with an emphasis in painting
(BA); completed his fine art studies, focusing on collage and
assemblage (MA; MFA).
Westmoreland redirected his focus from painting to collage
and assemblage after experiencing “…my first African-American
art exhibit which was curated by the Brockman Gallery of Los
Angeles…[featuring] Betye Saar, John Outterbridge, David
Hammons, Timothy Washington, and John Riddle. The power of
this exhibition made me aware of the importance of the cultural,
social, and political impact that African-American artists
portrayed in their works.” He is currently working on
a series of collage and assemblage pieces, Kabuki
with Uncle Ben “…[these new] works project my wry sense of
humor and expose social issues which are layered with political
satire, complimented by my use of pop icon imagery.”
La Monte Westmoreland has exhibited nationally in museums
and galleries such as the Wustum Museum of Fine Art, WI; California
African American Art Museum, CA; Museum of Science & Industry,
IL. California galleries include, Reynolds Art Gallery; Lizardi/Harp
Gallery; Feldman-Horn Gallery; Brockman Gallery; Tanner Gallery;
Municipal Art Gallery; Space Gallery; Harcourt Contemporary
Art Gallery, SF. National galleries: Jack Tilton Gallery, NYC;
Isobel Neal Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Grady Harp, Lizardi/Harp Gallery, writes, “His art is
unique in the tradition of Joseph Cornell-meticulously crafted,
sensitive statements that use painting, drawing, collage and
assimilation with profound simplicity.” Dr. Lamont H.
Yeakey, California State University states, “Intelligent
and sophisticated, as an artist he [Westmoreland] ranks among
the very best creative minds of his generation in contemporary
Westmoreland’s collage & assemblage artworks are
found in national foundations and private art collections.
California Foundation Collections: Los Angeles -California
State University; Gallery Tanner; Museum of African-American
Art; Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company; San Diego
- New Visions Fine Arts; San Francisco - James H. Jones. National
Collections: Museum of African-American Art, TX; Mobil Oil
Foundation, TX; and Atlanta Life Insurance Company, GA. His
works appear in over 150 private collections. Private collectors
include: Ed Anderson, Dr. Mika Cho, Atty. Katherine Cooks,
Laddie John Dill, Dr. Grady Harp; Dr. Samella Lewis; Dr. Armando
Lizardi, Tom Lundquist, John Outterbridge, Josine Ianco-Starrels,
Mr. & Mrs.
Alan Tanaka, Joan Vaupen, Kent Twitchell; Mr. & Mrs. Richard
Wyatt; Mr. And Mrs. David Yamaguchi.
Numerous exhibition reviews and articles on La Monte Westmoreland’s
work have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Art in America,
San Francisco Art Monthly, Afro-American Art, Artweek, Art
Scene, Santa Barbara Magazine, Neworld; and other media avenues.
La Monte Westmoreland received honors and awards during his
lifetime of work. As student alumni of Washington Park High
School, WI, he was honored to be “…placed in the
Washington Park High School Hall of Fame.” He also received
Awards of Recognition from the Santa Monica Arts Commission
Olympic Committee, CA; and Tri-Cities Art Association, CA.