OGUNQUIT – John Laurent, a prominent Maine painter known for his landscapes and seascapes, died April 14 at the age of 83.
Laurent explored a broad range in his paintings, experimenting with both realism and abstraction. Some of his work focused on fly fishing, a sport he loved.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Laurent was the son of noted sculptor Robert Laurent and grew up surrounded by great art and famous artists.
He taught art at the University of New Hampshire from 1954 to 1984.
Laurent is survived by two sons, Brehon Laurent of New York City and Bret Laurent of Baltimore.
There will be a tribute to Laurent at the Ogunquit Art Association’s September exhibition.
Plans are being developed for a summer memorial in Ogunquit.