Lamar Briggs (1935-2015) was born in Lafayette, Louisiana and attended the University of Southern Louisiana, the University of Houston and graduated from the Colorado Institute of Art, where he was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2005.
Lamar’s work is internationally acclaimed and he was listed in “Who’s Who in American Art” since 1962. Among the many honors he received was the “Ford Foundation” award in 1963, juried by Alexander Calder, James Brooks and James Johnson Sweeney. Briggs was given the award at the Annual Houston Artists Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston,Texas.
This notice attracted the special attention of the president of KTRK-TV (where Briggs was associate art director). Willard E. Walbridge immediately offered him studio space at the station. At that time no government grants were available to individual artists in Texas, and Briggs was forced to depend on what turned out to be his own very considerable resourcefulness. He and Willard Walbridge conceived the idea of selling stock in himself and his future paintings to interested investors. “Club Treize” (after Channel 13) was an association of eighteen backers buying shares of Briggs’ eventual artistic productions. The money raised enabled Lamar to spend six months abroad, with large blocks of time to study theinterplays of color and light.
By 1972 Briggs started coming into his own as a proﬁcient colorist and was invited to exhibit in solo and group shows nationally and internationally–Canada, Mexico, England, Germany, Switzerland and Hungary. Briggs was featured in “The Houston Century” (Top Artists of the Century) in the Houston Chronicle on December 12, 1999. He has participated in more than140 group and solo exhibitions in his artistic career. Lamar Briggs’ longevity and fame have been attributable to his curiosity of the world around him and his constant experimentation in the arts. Over the years, Lamar Briggs’ talents as an abstract artist have been applied to paintings, monotypes, watercolors, bronze sculpture, woodcuts, and tapestry. He is known worldwide as a colorist inspired by music and nature.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary
Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont, TX
Rutgers University Archives, Rutgers U., NJ
Rice University, Houston, TX
The University of Texas, Austin, TX
The Moody Foundation, Galveston, TX
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Exxon Corporation, Houston, TX
IBM, Los Angeles, CA
Prudential Life Insurance Co., Newark, NJ
Dean Witter Reynolds, New York, NY
Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher, London, England
Petrolair Systems, Geneva, Switzerland
Bristol Myers, New York, NY
Mobil Oil, Houston, TX
Ellen Tracy, New York, NY
Porsche North America/Champion Motors, FL
Proctor and Gamble Co., Cincinnati, OH
Price Waterhouse & Co., Houston, TX
Amoco Production Company, Houston, TX
Strategic Investment, San Francisco, CA