uring the 24 years Richard Lack ran Atelier Lack he taught 99 students, many of them now with successful careers. This section is devoted to presenting the works and biographies of 22 of his best graduates.
While many other graduates are fine painters the selection of those to include in Lack’s Catalogue Raisonné are based on the following criteria and in their order of importance: quality of work, actively pursuing a career as a professional painter – at least part-time, participation in exhibitions and/or contributions to training. The only exceptions to the criteria are:
Annette LeSueur, 1978 graduate, who is included for her exceptional contributions to: training, forwarding the traditions of Classical Realism and selling the works of Minnesota artists.
Mark Steven Walker, 1979 graduate (b.1951 – d.1993), was a superb draftsman though he couldn’t pursue a career as a painter due to the late discovery of his being color blind. Mark became an international authority on William-Adolphe Bouguereau, playing a significant and historical role in bringing the deserved recognition to this great 19th century French artist.
Thomas S. Mairs, 1975 graduate (b.1949 – d.2003), was Richard Lack’s first student. He was an incredible draftsman and an expert on Ingres. His superb studies after Ingres at the Fogg Museum earned him the respect of Agnes Mongan and the other renowned Ingres scholars.
Their work, without exception, is stunning and reflects the quality of instruction they received from their master, Richard F. Lack.