William Pajaud

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William Etienne "Bill" Pajaud
Born(1925-08-03)August 3, 1925
DiedJune 16, 2015(2015-06-16) (aged 89)
NationalityUnited States of America
OccupationPainter, artist
Known forPaintings exploring themes of Jazz

William Etienne "Bill" Pajaud (August 3, 1925 – June 16, 2015) was an African-American artist known for his paintings exploring themes of jazz.[1] He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He died in Los Angeles, California on June 16, 2015 at the age of 89.[2]

His work has been featured in exhibitions at California African American Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Las Vegas Museum of Art. His work is in the collections of the Pushkin Museum, the Amistad Research Center, and the National Museum of American Art.[3]

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). The short lived Los Angeles artists co-op included African American contemporaries Beulah Woodard, Alice Taylor Gafford and Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong.[4][5]

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.[6]


Pajaud's honors include:

  • 1969 PRSA Art Exhibition Award of Merit
  • 1971 National Association of Media Women Communications Award
  • 1975 University of the Pacific Honor
  • 1978 Paul Robeson Special Award for Contribution to the Arts
  • 1981 PR News Gold Key Award
  • 1981 League of Allied Arts Corporation Artists of Achievement Award
  • 2004 Samella Award.[7]


  1. ^ Hanks, Eric (January 1, 2000). "A Song For His Father: William Pajaud and the Jazz Funeral Tradition". The International Review of African American Art. 17 (2): 2–13.
  2. ^ Colker, David. "William Pajaud dies at 89; watercolorist amassed prominent collection of African American art". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  3. ^ Hanks, Eric. The Artwork of William Pajaud (2003 ed.). M. Hanks Gallery. ISBN 0971015023.
  4. ^ "William Pajaud | Now Dig This! digital archive | Hammer Museum". Hammer Museum. Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  5. ^ Jones, Kellie (2017-03-17). South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s. Duke University Press. ISBN 9780822374169.
  6. ^ "Now Dig This!: Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980 | Now Dig This! digital archive | Hammer Museum". Hammer Museum. Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  7. ^ "ArtMakers: William Pajaud". www.thehistorymakers.com. Retrieved 14 December 2014.