The Institute searches for quality, its awards are not given annually, but for outstanding achievement in different categories: artisan, architecture, sponsorship, fine art. The Institute recognises how exquisitely Laubin incorporates classical elements in his painting.
Carl Laubin has been described by Dr David Watkin Professor of Architectural History at the University of Cambridge as ‘the finest living painter of architectural subjects.’ He is best known for the virtuosity of his capriccios, a fantasy combining actual buildings, ruins, even fictional touches, dating back, some say, to ancient Rome and the wall decorations of Pompeii and Herculaneum. His skilful brushwork captures texture, light and air, to transform an academic study into a joyful work of art.
Laubin, born in New York City, the son of an oboe maker, studied architecture at Cornell University, now lives in the UK. He worked for London practices, including Sir Jeremy Dixon, who encouraged him to illustrate their redevelopment of the London Opera House. By 1988 painting, always his first love, took over full time.
Carl has painted capriccios of buildings by Sir Christopher Wren, Lutyens, Vanbrugh, and Hawksmoor, two for the National Trust, another for the Centre Pompidou, others for the 500th anniversary of Andrea Palladio, the most influential architect of all time. Architects John Simpson, Sir Terry Farrell, John Outram, Laubin’s mentor Jeremy Dixon, and Prince Charles’ soulmate Leon Krier, have bought Laubin’s capriccios.
His most recent exhibition celebrated the Greek Revival buildings by Leo Von Klenze (1784-1864) who transformed Munich from a provincial town into a major cultural capital city..
His paintings have been successful in America, collected by architects and academic institutions (including .the University of Notre Dame, Indiana).Carl Laubin’s paintings available at Plus One Gallery, www.plusonegallery.com the home of hyperrealism in London.