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Lowell Greenough - Artist and Anti War Activist
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Orien Lowell Greenough (Born: Feb. 15th, 1921 in Los Angeles, California - Died: April 21st, 2008 in North Hollywood, California) was an Artist and Anti War Activist.
While serving with the US Coast Guard between 1940 and 1944 during World War Two his experiences led him to become a conscientious objector. On the strength of his convictions he went Absent WithOut Leave (AWOL), eventually voluntarily turning himself into the authorities, refusing to carry a gun from then onwards. Lowell was incarcerated in US Military Prison where he was counseled. During this counseling he became to understand the nature of his pacifism. This became his lifelong commitment.
When World War Two ended Lowell entered art school and for several years studied under Emil Bisttram the noted Southwestern artist and teacher, following him from Los Angeles to Taos, New Mexico and finally to Gaudalajara, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico.
It was during the 1950’s that Lowell became involved with anti-war activities, marching, protesting and campaigning against the violence of war. The Viet Nam War further fueled his commitment further. This led him to begin painting and drawing about his anti war and anti racist convictions. “Metamorphosis of Edward Teller”, “Buried In Uniform”, “Hiroshima Girl” and "The Klansmen" are prime examples of this period.
Lowell Greenough’s work can be viewed at the Bluegreen Gallery, Austin, Texas.
- (see Box19)
- (See Box5) Armed Forces mostly re: C.O. noncombatants who had been wrongfully sent to combatant units, who were in prison for refusal to drill or bear weapons, and/or who were trying to get placed in CPS camps
- LA Times, paywall
- drawings by lowell greenough bluegreengallery.org