Redin, Carl Adolph Hjalmer Persson

Carl Adolph Hjalmer Persson Redin

 (Am. 1892-1944)

Known for his paintings of Southwest landscapes, especially autumn scenes of aspen and cottonwood trees and of lighting effects on mesas and mountains, Carl Adolph Hjalmer Persson Redin was born in Sweden, near Stockholm. He came to America in 1913, after having tried to support his impoverished family in Sweden. He had an early interest in art, which he had studied in Stockholm about 1906. Reportedly a portrait by Redin was hung at the Stockholm Royal Academy. For a short period, he lived in Chicago, where he worked “varnishing and enameling apartments for a building contractor.” (Powers) In 1916, he moved to New Mexico because he had tuberculosis and needed a drier climate than that of Chicago. For a year, 1929 to 1930, he taught at the University of New Mexico, and also opened a studio in Lubbock, Texas where he was a teacher in a summer session at Texas Technological College. In addition, he painted in El Paso, Santa Fe, locations in Arizona and in southern California. In the late 1930s, he settled in California, living first in the Palomar Mountains and in 1940, moving to Los Gatos where he died in 1944. Exhibition venues included the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, the Broadmoor Art Academy in Colorado Springs, and the Macbeth Gallery in New York City. Sources include: John and Deborah Powers, Texas Painters, Sculptors & Graphic Artists, p. 423