In 1932, Paulina Peavy (1901 – 1999) attended a séance at the home of Ida L. Ewing in Santa Ana, California, where she claims to have met a UFO named Lacamo, a spirit from another world. From that moment forward Peavy, a university-trained artist, painted with a brush that “moved on its own.” In order to better channel Lacamo’s energies, Peavy also constructed and wore masks when she painted, occasionally signing her works with Lacamo’s name alongside her own.
Peavy said she learned the secrets of the universe from Lacamo, secrets that became the subject matter of her art. Over time, she developed a belief that the world evolved in 12,000-year cycles that are broken down into four 3,000-year periods corresponding to the four seasons. Key to Peavy’s philosophy is a belief in reincarnation, and after experiencing a 3,000-year Summer Age, the last of which occurred during the reign of the Egyptian pharaohs, people become spirits, or UFOs, inhabiting the universe as invisible atoms or electronic beams that can take on different forms when descending to Earth from the far reaches of the universe.
Peavy’s entire life was dedicated to promoting her worldview and various philosophies through drawing, painting, sculpture, text and film. Her works on paper, in particular, depict the artist’s individualized visual cosmos using shapes that resemble energy beams, solar systems, and procreative organic shapes signifying genitalia, ova, fallopian tubes, sperm, and fetuses. Peavy’s life and work were constantly evolving to reflect her belief in mankind’s evolution to an androgynous one-sex through contact with aliens.
Paulina Peavy was born in 1901 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She graduated from Oregon State College (OSC) in 1923 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Education and completed her MA at the Chouinard School of Fine Art in Los Angeles. As an artist Peavy lived in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California from 1932 to 1942, and later moved to New York City. She died in 1999 at age 98, having witnessed nearly the entire 20th Century. Her work was most notably featured at the 1939 San Francisco Exposition where she painted a fourteen foot mural titled The Eternal Supper, depicting her own philosophical belief in the one-gender perfection.
Born 1901, Colorado City, CO; Died 1999, Bethesda, MD.
1919-23 – Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Education, Oregon State College (Oregon State University), Corvallis, Oregon
1932-42 – Art Educator, Board of Education, Los Angeles and Long Beach
1999 – Peavy dies in Bethesda, MD
Paulina Peavy/Lacamo: They Call us Unidentified, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY
April 14, 1561, (Group Exhibition) Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY
Paulina Peavy: A Message to Paulina, Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), Reston, VA
Independent Art Fair New York, exhibited by Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY
Paulina Peavy: The Artist Behind the Mask, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY
Dallas Art Fair, Dallas, TX, exhibited by Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY
Exhibition unverified, Los Angeles Museum of History, Science, and Art (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
Genesis, Atomic Forces of Nature, Lawrence Terzian Gallery, New York, NY
Paulina Peavy, Argent Gallery, New York, NY
Exhibitions at Hartert Galleries, Jurart Galleries, the Roxy Theatur, and Staten Island Museum
Exhibition at Delphic Studios, New York, NY
Unverified exhibition at the San Diego Museum
Last Supper mural and film UFO Identified exhibited at the Golden Gate International Exposition
Exhibition unverified at Civic Center Museum of San Francisco; Stanford University; the Gumps Gallery, San Francisco; the Stendahl Gallery, Los Angeles; Palos Verdes Gallery, Palos Verdes
1985 – Bronze medal at the 28th Annual International Film & TV Festival of New York, The Artist Behind the Mask
1984 – Silver Award at the International Film & TV Festival of New York for Male Sex
1983 – Bronze Award at the International Film & TV Festival of New York, Is the Moon a Burned-out Sun
1982 – Bronze Award at the International Film & TV Festival of New York, Mountain of Myrrh
1981 – Bronze Award at the International Film & TV Festival of New York, Paulina, Artist-Philosopher, An Artist of Vision
2019 – Kaplowitz, Jane. “Best of 2019: Artists’ Artists,” Artforum
O’Neill-Butler, Lauren. “Paulina Peavy and Lacamo,” Artforum
Rudick, Nicole. “Art on a Higher Frequency: Paulina Peavy Attended a Séance
and Tuned into the Future,” Art in America
Deters, Alexandria. “Spirituality in Insanity, Revelation from Beyond; Paulina
Peavy and Lacamo’s Cosmic Interpretations at Andrew Edlin Gallery,” eazel.
2018 – Jenkins, Mark. “Paulina Peavy’s postcards from the cosmos”, The Washington Post
1958 – Nebel, Long John, WOR Radio interview, New York, NY
1946 – Madra, Margaret. “In Awe of Creative Powers, Impressionistic Painter of Biblical Parable Has Theories on Atom,” Brooklyn Eagle
1943 – Riley, Maud. “Electronics’ in Paint,” Art Digest
“Mystic Symbolism”, The New York Times
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN