Lalit K. Masih, M.F.A., AWS DF, NWS:
December 14, 2016: Lalit K. Masih has passed away. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Sandra, and his two children, Tara and Kevin Gyan. An online memorial has been set up where you can leave a note, story, tributes and/or upload photos of Lalit. CLICK HERE to visit his online memorial.
The Lalit K. Masih Memorial Art Scholarship has been set up in his honor. This art scholarship, in partnership with the Foundation for Seminole County Schools, will be funded by proceeds from the sale of his book and prints of his paintings (links below) and donations.
PURCHASE PRINTS: Click here to purchase prints of some of his work. Partial proceeds will help fund his memorial scholarship.
PURCHASE LALIT'S BOOK: Click here to order Lalit's book: $44.95. Partial proceeds will help fund his memorial scholarship.
Condolences can be sent to Sandra Masih at 690 Osceola Avenue, #403, Winter Park, FL 32792. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made for the Lalit K. Masih Art Scholarship Fund (mailed to the above address made out to the Masih Family Trust).
Lalit K. Masih was America's first prominent Indian American watercolorist. Born in Almora, India, in 1932, he came to the United States in 1957 for graduate studies and received his M.S and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Syracuse University in 1962. He was a Professor of Counseling Psychology at Long Island University, C.W. Post Center's graduate school, for 30 years. In his retirement, he devoted his time completely to his lifelong passion for art.
In September of 2015, he was honored with a lifetime membership in The Salmagundi Club, one of America's oldest and most prestigious art organizations. Founded in 1871 and now a New York City Historic Landmark, former club members include William Merritt Chase, Frederick Church, Chas. Dana Gibson, Childe Hassam, Norman Rockwell, Louis Comfort Tiffany and N.C. Wyeth. Furthermore, "Ramp Cafe," one of Masih's award-winning watercolors depicting a crowd scene at Flushing Meadow's US Open Tennis Championship, is now archived in the club's permanent collection.
His studies in art began in India, where he studied traditional Indian Art with R.C. Sathi, a prominent north Indian artist, and continued with courses in drawing and painting at Syracuse University. During the late 1970s, he decided to pursue art more seriously and began exhibiting and entering juried shows. In 1980 he enrolled in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at C.W. Post College, Long Island University. He completed his studies in 1985, earning a Master of Fine Arts degree with a major in Fine Arts & Design.
After completing his academic studies, he concentrated on exploring watercolor as a primary medium of expression. This led to a number of workshops with leading watercolorists including: Rex Brandt, Robert Hallet, Carlton Plummer, Christopher Schink, Frank Webb, Robert E. Wood and Milford Zornes.
Over the years he exhibited extensively in a number of national juried shows including the American Watercolor Society, The National Academy of Design and the National Watercolor Society. He won numerous awards for his watercolors and many of his paintings are in private collections. He was an artist member of the Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists, American Artists professional League and Audubon Artists; a signature member of the North East Watercolor Society and National Watercolor Society; as well as a signature member and Dolphin Fellow of the American Watercolor Society.
Selected Major Awards:
Hardie Gramatky Memorial Award (AWS), 2012
Pages Award, N.E. Watercolor Society, 2011
Award of Excellence, N.E. Watercolor Society, 2010
Loring Coleman Award (Allied), 2009
Royal Langnickel Award (NEWS), 2008
Brodock Family Award (Adirondacks National), 2006
Frieda Strobl Memorial Award (NEWS), 2006
Walser Greathouse Medal (AWS), 2005
Vincent Porter Memorial Award (NEWS), 2003
Frank C. Wright Memorial Award (AAPL), 2003
The President's Award (AAPL), 2002
The Jane Peterson Memorial Award (Allied Artists), 2000
The J.L. Massey Award (Adirondacks National), 2000
Hardy Gramatky Memorial Award (AWS), 2000
Anne Williams Glushien Award (AWS), 1998
David Wu & Elise Ject-Mem. Award (Allied Artists), 1997
Audubon Artists Silver Medal of Honor (Audubon), 1997
The Salmagundi Certificate of Merit (Salmagundi Club), 1997
Edgar A. Whitney Memorial Award (AWS), 1996
Winsor & Newton Award (Allied Artists), 1995
The Alice Melrose Award (Audubon), 1992
Dale Meyers Cooper Award (Knickerbocker), 1991
Ralph Fabri Medal of Merit (Audubon), 1991
Winsor & Newton Award (AAPL), 1989
Audubon Artists Gold Medal of Honor (Audubon), 1988
American Watercolor Society (Signature Member & Dolphin Fellow)
National Watercolor Society (Signature Member)
North East Watercolor Society (Signature Member)
Allied Artists, American Artists Professional League, Audubon Artists, Salmagundi Club (Artist Member)
American Artists Professional League (Fellow)
Audobon Artists (Artist Member)
Salmagundi CLub (Artist Member)
Art-Related Professional Experience:
Workshop Instructor (watercolor): Paint Yosemite Workshop, Aquarelle Club, The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown, Northeast Watercolor Society
Watercolor Demonstrations: Kent Art Associations, Allied Artists, American Watercolor Society, Knickerbocker Artists, Aquarelle Club, The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown, Salmagundi Club
Juror: American Watercolor Society, Allied Artists, Audubon Artists, American Artists Professional League, New Jersey Watercolor Society, Northeast Watercolor Society
Selected Art-Related Publications and Articles:
"Ramp Cafe" Cover Artist, NEWS Exhibition 2010 Catalog
"Ramp Cafe" Published in Stone Canoe--a journal of arts and ideas, Syracuse University, 2009, No. 3; also exhibited at Delvan Art Gallery, 2009
"Simple by Design--Learn to simplify complex scenes by using basic design principles" Watercolor Magic, April 2005--Page 46-52
"A Reconstruction of Two Cultures" The Indian American, by Tara L. Masih, April 1993, pp 49-52.
"Loomings" Literary Artistic Magazine, L.I.U., C.W. Post Cover, Alumni Issue, 1985
"Madonna of the Mountains" included in a Christmas card tryptic; distributed worldwide. The Jesuit Partnership of Wisconsin, 2004.
"Madonna of the Mountains" previously published in India 1956, 1980; in the U.S. 1961, 1970.
Cover Artist, N.E.W.S. 2010
Call (845) 332-5611 for more information on his work, publishing, and licensing.