William Pajaud


William Pajaud
Flower Seller
Color lithograph, printed offset, from the edition of 150, 1974
22 1/2 x 17 inches
Courtesy of Tobey C. Moss Gallery
Value: $450
Buy it Now: $225

Best known for his vibrant, celebratory watercolors, William Pajaud always looked to his ethnic and cultural backgrounds for inspiration in his work. Featuring images of full-figured, powerful African-American women, jazz funerals, and street scenes, his work dwells on imagery from his childhood in New Orleans to his adult life in Los Angeles.

After earning his BFA at Xavier University in New Orleans, Pajaud moved to Los Angeles and enrolled at Chouinard Art Institute in 1984. He was later appointed an art director at Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company, one of the largest black-owned insurance firms in the country. Through his curatorial efforts, Golden State built a nationally recognized collection. Pajaud died in Los Angeles on June 16, 2015.

“The awareness and acceptance of humankind—universal, flowing life’s awesome rhythms with dignity in pain, joy, poverty, and often jubilation—cause me to paint. My primary need is to show my gut reaction to man’s coping with the cycles of life and death.”
– William Pajaud

Selected Collections
Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia
Amistad Research Center, New Orleans
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

Selected exhibitions
Solo exhibition, M. Hanks Gallery, Santa Monica, 2003
Solo exhibition, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, 2000
California Black Artists, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, 1977


Works can be viewed and purchased in person at Laguna Art Museum on Sunday, February 5, or by appointment from Monday, February 6, through Sunday, February 12 (the museum is closed Wednesday, February 8).

For questions and more information, please email Sarah Strozza or call 949.494.8971 x219.