Carl Laubin studied architecture at Cornell University; He then moved to London in 1973 and became a British citizen in 2000. Starting out as an architect, Laubin was encouraged to make his first architectural paintings whilst working for Jeremy Dixon. He illustrated the firm’s redevelopment of the Royal Opera House. After the Royal Opera House paintings, in 1986, he was able to devote himself full time to painting. His work has since retained architecture at its centre but has also included many landscapes, a series of paintings of sculpture and occasional portraits. He has become best known for the series of architectural capricci that he has produced, beginning with two paintings of Bordeaux chateaux for an exhibition on Bordeaux at the Centre Pompidou in 1987. These were followed by capricci for the National Trust and paintings depicting the work of a number of individual architects beginning with Palladio and followed by Wren, Hawksmoor, C.R. Cockerell, Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, John Outram, Léon Krier, Palladio again for the 500th anniversary of his birth, Vanbrugh, Lutyens and Leo von Klenze, as well as one painting depicting the work of the first ten recipients of the Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture.

 

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