Profile: William Pajaud (1925-2015)

William Etienne “Bill” Pajaud  was an African-American artist known for his paintings exploring themes of jazz. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He died in Los Angeles, California on June 16, 2015 at the age of 89.

Pajaud was a member of the Society of Graphic Designers, the Los Angeles County Art Association, and the National Watercolor Society, of which he served as president from 1974 to 1975.

William Pajaud was part of the artists’ collective Eleven Associated (later Art West Association).

Pajaud’s work was featured in “Now Dig This!: Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980” an exhibition at the Hammer Museum, October 2011 – January 2012. The exhibition explored the work of African American art pioneers and the multicultural friendships and collaborations that helped define Los Angeles art and creative communities of the period.

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