A rare opportunity to acquire an original drawing by a very highly esteemed twentieth century California artist, the works of whom have exceeded $50,000 at auction. This drawing is signed at lower left by the sought-after ROGER KUNTZ (1926-1975). The subject is clearly "Museum (XXX) Art" and I believe it likely to be a study for the Laguna Art Museum on Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, California. The work itself measures 15 1/2" by 20 1/2". (It is currently framed as found, in inexpensive black strip framing, though this would be shipped aside from the frame for safety reasons). It is a true study, on perforated art paper, as from a sketchbook, and as such demonstrates much of the artist's creative process. Most of the drawing is in a brown-red pencil, with portions in black graphite as well, as seen in the images. Kuntz was born in Texas and moved around California as a youth, and saw a portion of Europe, before settling in the Pomona area where he became a member of the so-called "Claremont Group". Eventually he settled in Laguna Beach. In recent years, his impressionist paintings of common scenes of coastal California, and interiors with figures, have seen a resurgence of collector interest. In 2009 the Laguna Art Museum held an exhibition of his work titled simply "Roger Kuntz".
ROGER KUNTZ (1926-1975) California art original study drawing likely for Laguna Art Museum building