Carl Laubin was born in New York in 1947 and moved to the UK in 1973 where he worked in a number of architectural firms including that of Sir Jeremy Dixon, architect for the refurbishment of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He made the change to full time painting in 1987 after producing a series of paintings of the Royal Opera House project for Dixon’s office.
While not focusing exclusively on architectural subjects, architecture has remained at the centre of his work and he has become known for his architectural capriccio paintings with a chapter devoted to his paintings in The Architectural Capriccio, Memory, Fantasy and Invention edited by Lucien Steil, the first book on the capriccio as a unique genre. His work is in the collections of the Museum of London, Castle Howard, The National Trust, Notre Dame University, Sir Terry Farrell, Lord Bamford, Anglo American Corporation and Linklaters, the City law firm among others, and he has been a frequent exhibitor at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition winning the Press Award one year for a landscape painting.
He has recently received an Arthur Ross Award in New York for “excellence in the Classical tradition” in the category of Fine Art, an award not given in that category since 2011, and two of his capriccio paintings have been selected for inclusion in Figurative Art Today, an exhibition that will take place at the Mall Galleries, London in February 2018.