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The Studio Walls

Randall Lake has studied in Utah, Colorado and France, and his career as an artist has spanned decades. His art includes landscape and still life, as well as portrait and figure paintings.

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums cares for this painting by Lake, The Studio Walls, which offers an insight into the realist artist’s life.

Lake, born in Southern California in 1947, attended boarding school in Switzerland. While, he visited museums and discovered his love of painting. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and then continued his education in Paris at the Academie Julian, the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts, and Atelier 17. He earned his Master of Fine Arts in 1977 from the University of Utah and afterward was a visiting member of the Department of Art studio faculty at the university.

The Studio Walls oil painting was bought in 1984 and has been cared for by Arts & Museums since that time.

The painting gives the viewer a look into the workplace and life of Randall Lake.

His palette and paint brushes crowd the table, and the wall behind is covered with pictures and cards. Looking closely, one of the hanging cards is John Singer Sargent’s portrait of Madame X.

Arts & Museums also has two other Lake paintings in their collection. One named Still Life with Apples, and the other a portrait of Val A. Browning, a Utah industrialist and philanthropist. Randall’s other work can be found in both local and national collections across the country, with many in Utah and California. He has won numerous awards for his work, and in 2000 he was named one of the 247 Most influential People in the History of Utah.

Arts & Museums cares for a few of Lake’s paintings, and a new collections center would help protect and preserve more significant Utah pieces like this.

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Written by Michelle James

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