Fascinated by freeways, blimps and bathtubs, painter Roger Kuntz was best known for his dramatic portrayals of Southern California highways and road signs, rendered with stark light and shadow. Born in Texas in 1926, he grew up in Lomaland, a Theosophical Society community in San Diego’s Point Loma neighborhood. Kuntz studied art at Pomona College and Claremont Graduate University, served as a B-24 turret gunner during World War II and taught at Scripps College before moving to Laguna Beach in 1963. In 1975, three years after being diagnosed with skin cancer, he took his own life.
Image caption: Roger Kuntz, Santa Ana Arrows, ca. 1962, oil on canvas, The Buck Collection at the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art, © Mary Kuntz 8/13/2018