John McLaughlin (1898 – 1976) began painting in 1932, shortly thereafter he lived in Japan for several years before working as a translator for the US Army Intelligence from 1941-45. In 1946 he settled in Dana Point, California and fully devoted his life to painting. Associated with the Hard-Edge Abstraction movement of Southern California, McLaughlin’s paintings are also influenced by his time in Japan and are contemplative pieces that investigate the void in the composition.
McLaughlin’s work has been shown in international exhibitions, including exhibitions at the Pasadena Art Museum (solo); Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (solo); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (solo); Centre Pompidou, Paris (group) and Hayward Gallery, London (two-person). McLaughlin’s work is in a number of private and public collections including the Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.