Born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the open ranchland of Northern New Mexico, Leon Loughridge developed an early affinity for the Southwestern landscape. He was greatly influenced by his grandmother’s involvement in Northern New Mexico art circles. His training at the Colorado Institute of Art, supplemented by private studies, reinforced his artistic abilities.
While stationed in Germany as a member of the U.S. Army, Loughridge was able to travel extensively throughout Europe, visiting museums and maintaining sketching journals. In addition, he studied Old Master painting techniques for two years at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart Art Museum, creating numerous on-site studies. Long having an interest in pen-and-ink, Loughridge was especially impressed with the museum’s collection of etchings.
Upon his return to Colorado, Loughridge began studying intaglio techniques and selling prints in several of the mountain galleries. In 1998, he purchased his first letterpress and achieved immediate success with the woodblock prints he produced. The layering of color in the woodblock process allowed the artist to better capture the atmospheric qualities of the Southwestern landscape that are particularly meaningful to him.
Continuing to develop his printmaking skills for several years, Loughridge now owns a publishing company through which he produces signature reduction-style woodblocks, as well as limited-edition books. His woodblocks are exhibited nationally and collected by numerous museums, including the Denver Art Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, and the Wichita Art Museum, among others.
Loughridge is represented by Ann Korologos Gallery (Basalt, CO), Breckenridge Gallery (Breckenridge, CO), Gerald Peters Gallery (Santa Fe), Grapevine Gallery (Oklahoma City, OK), Kneeland Gallery (Ketchum, ID), Oh Be Joyful Gallery (Crested Butte, CO), and Reuben Saunders Gallery (Wichita, KS).