Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is John Boop and I am the grand-nephew of the highly-regarded twentieth century artist, John L Lloyd.
It is my hope that you will give consideration to including one, a few, or a number of John Lloyd’s paintings in an upcoming exhibition at your museum.
The paintings that you may wish to exhibit would be Lloyd’s very best. At considerable cost, they have recently been preserved and restored to their original state. The refurbished and revived colors are now even more spectacular and clearly demand attention. Also, as part of the conservation process, many of the paintings have now been upgraded with superior framing.
To be better informed when making your decision to exhibit, we ask you to please reference the various sections of this website, offering Lloyd’s entire history, including essays, a chronology, his exhibit experience (past and present), acknowledgements, credits, etc. Of further importance, this website includes information of all of Lloyd’s paintings in the “Paintings” section of the website, including the painting size (by hovering your mouse over the image), a slide show, or a higher resolution image in a pop-up window for better viewing.
Lloyd’s paintings most notably lend a “WOW” factor to any exhibit. For example, the Butler Institute of American Art, known worldwide as “America’s Museum,” honored John Lloyd in 2008 with a large an extraordinary one-man show, “John L Lloyd. Painting Time And Place.” This show was highly successful commanding a lot of attention.
Dr. Louis A. Zona, Director and Chief Curator of the Butler, states in the exhibit catalog, “John Lloyd was an artist of enormous talent. It is our hope that this significant exhibit will do much to assist this wonderful artist in assuming his rightful place as a major artist of the Modern Era.”
John Lloyd’s work is once again receiving rave reviews. As an example of this, the American Art Review ran a wonderful six-page article highlighting Lloyd’s work and talents (Volume 20 Number 2, March-April 2008). The American Art Review has both national and international circulation.
I am proud to state that there is now a whole new list of scholars and historians recognizing Lloyd’s work and in their collective opinion it is of exceptional quality and needs to be viewed by a much wider audience at a national level.
For example, Dr. William Gerdts, America’s premier art critic and historian, has stated that he “enjoys immensely” both Lloyd’s landscapes and the city industrial scenes.” He goes on to say that Lloyd’s paintings “are superior works to much that was produced at the time (1920s and 1930s) and much that is being resurrected now.”
Dr. Gerdts is Professor Emeritus of Art History, Graduate School of the City University of New York and has recently joined with the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts as Senior Curator in American Art.
Dr. Gerdts and other acclaimed historians are now emphasizing that Lloyd’s paintings must not be lost to society.
Thank you for your interest in John L. Lloyd’s work.
Grandnephew of John L. Lloyd
Tel: (330) 372-5731
Paintings Available For Exhibit
John L. Lloyd’s impressionist works have been lauded by competent art critics and displayed at prestigious shows, including the Butler Institute of American Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Toledo Museum of Art, the Art Club of St. Petersburg, FL, among others. You, too, can exhibit any number of Lloyd’s revered paintings at your museum or gallery.
The majority of the paintings are currently held in private collections of Lloyd’s descendants and other owners. Your options are really unlimited. For a preview of available works, please visit the “Paintings” section of this website.
A small representative sample of some of the better exhibit favorites follows, but of course as mentioned above, there are many more great works that are available. Please note that the printed images in this document do not adequately portray the quality of the color and impasto style used by John L. Lloyd. Please refer to the website for a better preview, or contact me to discuss a personal previewing meeting.
Sample of Lloyd’s Exhibit Favorites
A prized winter scene from The Butler Museum of American Art’s private collection is available (shown at right).
Also available for exhibition are five highly prized Lloyd pictures of the steel mills in Youngstown, Ohio, and surrounding area. As a result of his mastery of color, Lloyd’s mill pictures are always exhibit favorites. His fiery whites, yellows and oranges and rich colorful blast-furnace reds in these paintings are outstanding! One painting, “The Mills of Youngstown,” while being exhibited in 1924 in Philadelphia, attracted much attention and received some unusually fine comments in an article in the New York Art News.
Of significant importance is Lloyd’s extraordinary “command of color and composition.” His landscape “Twin Willows,” painted in 1922 at Chester Springs, (shown at right) was pronounced by competent critics as “perfect in composition.” This is obviously one of the paintings that you would want to consider if you choose to exhibit.
“Twin Willows,” above, and the painting partially shown below, along with #8097 and #8180 shown on this website, are also exhibit favorites. This group of four paintings, all 30″ x 36″, depict Lloyd’s extraordinary talent and were all painted in 1922 when Lloyd was enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts summer school in Chester Springs, PA, and very much immersed in “plein air” paintings.
Lloyd, 38 years old at the time, was by then an accomplished artist in his own right; therefore he was not so much a student when traveling, but more of a contemporary to many other prominent painters such as Philadelphia’s Daniel Garber.
Also of major importance is Lloyd’s mastery of the “impasto” style of painting. He was one of the best! Placing your mouse to magnify a section of the painting above tries to capture an example of this.
Yet, another formidable selection that always commands attention is a 16″ x 20″ oil on canvas, inner-city piece painted in 1951 depicting city people braving high winds, rain, and half-flooded streets as they come and go to the corner drug store.
Knowledgeable critics compare Lloyd’s style in this painting with that of Clyde Singer. Singer was the curator at The Butler during the mid-1900’s and is acclaimed at both national and international levels as one of America’s premier artists.
Clyde was a close friend of Lloyd’s and often wrote articles in the Youngstown Vindicator praising Lloyd’s work. Many collectors have offered to purchase this extraordinary painting, but at this time it is only available for exhibit.
For exhibit requests, please contact John Boop at:
Tel: (330) 372-5731, or