Lawrence Milton Davenport
aka, Larry

A Memoriam to his Life

Larry DavenportLarry was my dad. 16 years after his passing, I wanted to leave a lasting memorial to his life's achievements. He was an outstanding artist with world-class talent, but that was buried within his daily work - "architectural rendering". He painted what houses and buildings would look like to help architects sell their projects. These are all the photos we have left of the thousands of paintings he must have done in his career. We still have the handful of fine art he produced.

Short Bio from various published obits:

Mr. Davenport died Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, in Kansas City, Mo.

He was born April 25, 1933, in Newton, the son of Fred Moody Davenport and Mary Jane Hall. He attended Newton High School and Kansas University, where he played basketball for the Jayhawks from 1951 to 1956.

Mr. Davenport served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1959. He worked as a commercial artist in Kansas City, Colorado Springs, San Francisco, and then, Denver from 1959 until he retired in 2001.

He was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity and Newton High School's Athletic and Fine Arts Halls of Fame. He also was a member of the 1952 Jayhawks NCAA championship team and won a gold medal at the 1952 Olympics as a reserve.

Survivors include 2 sons, Lawrence Dean, Kyle D. and 2 daughters, Laura L. Dempsey, Alison L. Davenport, a stepson Kevin and stepdaughter Gina; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Mary and a sister, Wilma Kliewer.

He was buried at the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.

The Artist as a Young Man

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High School Art Fair winner  High School Art Fair  A Cubist Mephistopheles  Red In Bloom  Notre-Dame de Paris  Verdant Carson Mansion Space: The Final Frontier
The artist visits his painting 20 years later

First Commercial Art

Rendering a future KCI airport Rendering a future KCI airport Rendering a future Arrowhead Stadium<br>also on the KC Phonebook cover 1968

Early Renderings

Colorado Springs Period, 1971-1977  "Contemporary" in the Seventies
Tower in Sepia  Another Tower in Sepia

San Francisco

Dad's portfolio for his time in the city by the bay (1977-1981). "THERE'S A NEW BRUSH IN TOWN..."

brochure  brochure  brochure  brochure  brochure 

Mature Period

Larry moved back to Denver in 1981, and built his dream home on top a mountain outside Evergreen, CO in 1985. I notice in this period - like his own house - an emphasis on the house's environment. Also, I see less "photo-realism" and more brushwork.

House Rendering  House with Circle Highlight House in Autumn A favorite house rendering of his.
Quiet Valley Ranch
House with secret mural  One of his last renderings His own studio  photo of his studio

Looking Homeward

Approaching retirement, Larry became nostalgic for his hometown of Newton, KS. He made a series of paintings honoring Newton's past which are on display there. Here are small photos of 3 of them.

Sante Fe Railroad Depot, Newton, KS Main Street, Newton, KS Lindey Hall, Newton High School

Posthumous Works

Many years after dad passed away I noticed in the stone house painting above a very detailed picture window. So with some extreme photo retouching, I have generated a mural as if that's what dad was imagining when he painted that.


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