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American, 20th century, male.

Born 1936.

Painter.

Edward Avedesian painting has evolved over the years from abstract expressionism, minimalism and pop-abstraction, through colour field painting in the 1970s, and then to a form of bold figuration. He has exhibited his work in New York and Los Angeles, notably at the Mitchell Algus Gallery in New York in ...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1921, in Florence.

Painter.

Vinicio Berti started exhibiting in 1939. He went through a realist stage but went on to work as an abstract expressionist. He showed his work at the 1959 Rome Quadriennale and was awarded the Fiorino Prize in Florence in ...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 7 July 1921, in Verona.

Sculptor.

Bogoni exhibited highly abstract Expressionist sculpture at the 1966 Venice Biennale .

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 1923, in San Diego (California); died 1984.

Painter.

From 1947 to 1951, Ernest Briggs studied under Clyfford Still, leader of Abstract Expressionism at the California School of Fine Arts. He lived in New York from 1953 and took part in numerous group exhibitions, notably the San Francisco Art Association Annuals in ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1951.

Painter.

Christian Florio studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Lyons, where he lives and works.

Though he was initially an abstract expressionist, Florio's exuberant compositions include figurative elements within an abstract framework, giving the impression of an old-fashioned mind expressing itself in a postmodern style. In contrast to these, he also creates works in a hyperrealist style, reproducing the folds in a piece of paper, or the metal blades of an awning. Reality, however, is always suggested rather than explicit; and serves as a point of departure for a simple architecture consisting of flat planes, occasionally broken by elusive markings....

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Canadian, 20th century, male.

Born 23 May 1934, in Montreal; died 16 April 2003, in Montreal.

Painter.

Charles Gagnon trained during a stay in New York from 1956 until 1960, when Abstract Expressionism was at its height. It is therefore natural that Expressionism should have had a very strong influence on him in his early career, and at his first exhibition in Montreal his paintings were considered unrestrained and frenzied. His use of vivid colours with a total disregard for unity, violent brush strokes and areas simply spattered with paint resulted in work that was expressive rather than decorative. However, he developed from the spontaneity of Abstract Expressionism to a form of reflection on the act of painting itself. He divided the painting into superimposed squares, and when he wanted to break up the surface to catch the colour modulations, he incorporated steel plates into his pictures. His painting developed a certain refinement in ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Painter.

Sébastien de Ganay first exhibited in Paris in a solo exhibition at the Galerie Jacqueline Moussion.

His work is suggestive of Abstract Expressionism but is based on an original process. He covers the stretcher with sheets of plastic film containing paint and waits for several weeks for the colour to set....

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1950, in Chalon-sur-Saône.

Painter.

Patrick Germinagni was a student at the École des Beaux-Arts in Lyons and Paris, the latter of which he attended in 1974. Abstract Expressionist, his painting, especially on papier-mâché forms, falls into the informal. Graphic marks and sensual references can be deciphered, such as the imprint of bodies, the idea of a face resting on hands, and questioning eyes. He created an art studio for the inmates of the St Joseph Prison in Lyons. He has shown work in group exhibitions, including the ...

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Indonesian, 20th century, male.

Born 1944, in Klungklung, Indonesia.

Painter.

Gunarsa graduated from the fine arts academy in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where he then became senior lecturer. The abstract expressionism of his paintings reveals the influence of Indo-Balinese artistic culture and theatre. He exhibits regularly in his home country and often receives commissions. In ...

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 21 April 1946, in East Liverpool (Ohio).

Painter.

Everson Hall studied with Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris. His Abstract Expressionist paintings are also influenced by the work of the CoBrA group.

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1946.

Painter, draughtsman, engraver.

John Himmelfarb is an architecture graduate from Harvard University. He is an exponent of Abstract Expressionism whose development of line has been described as 'dramatic'. His often calligraphic drawings and paintings spring from jazz rhythms or an allusive imagery. Himmelfarb is best known for the gigantism of his 'works in progress' executed in full view of the public, much in the way of a performance. He has benefited from grants from the National Education Association and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. He has shown his works in solo exhibitions mostly in the Midwest but also at the University of Connecticut, Fairfield, and at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Christchurch, New Zealand....

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Japanese, 20th century, male.

Painter.

Ichigooka Noriyoshi is influenced by both traditional Japanese painting and Abstract Expressionism. He creates vast calligraphic works playing on the transparency of his colours, where his gold and black respond to his red, turquoise or green. Perfectly mastered, the paint liberally covers the canvas. He showed work in a solo exhibition at the Orangerie de Bagatelle in Paris in ...

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Japanese, 20th century, male.

Born 1930, in Nara Prefecture; died 1997.

Sculptor.

Bukichi Inoue was one of the central Abstract Expressionists of post-war Japan. He graduated with a diploma in 1955 from the school of fine art in Musashino near Tokyo, where he worked in the studios of Takashi Shimizu and Katsumi Kiuchi. Among other exhibitions, he featured at the museum of modern art in Tokyo in ...

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 1945, in Torrington (Connecticut).

Painter, sculptor, mixed media.

Bad Painting, New Image.

Neil Jenney studied at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, where he encountered Abstract Expressionism, which became an important influence on his early work. He lives and works in New York....

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British, 20th century, male.

Born 1929, in London.

Painter, environmental artist.

Minimal Art.

Peter Joseph is a self-taught painter who worked initially in advertising. Joseph's painting shows the influence of the American Abstract Expressionists - notably Newman, Rothko and Kelly; his work is also comparable in effect to Minimalist art. His canvases play on colour tonalities, and feature a sensitive use of light, sometimes heightened by 'all-over' painting techniques ( ...

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Belgian, 20th century, male.

Born 30 April 1931, in Brussels.

Painter.

Pierre Auguste Lahaut was a self-taught artist. Though he can be categorised loosely as an Abstract Expressionist, his dull blue-green tonalities and green landscapes vacillate between abstraction and reality. His later work is more muted and develops a more ambiguous spatial and pictorial landscape, with large areas of virgin canvas juxtaposed with assorted fragments of reality - a garland, a portion of a flower, a hand, a finger. These more recent compositions feature two or more uniform squares or rectangles....

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French, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1955.

Painter.

Alix Le Meleder had a solo show in Villeneuve-d'Ascq in 1994. After painting portraits inspired by the Abstract Expressionism of de Kooning and Jorn, she gave up any form of figurative painting in favour of works that were entirely gestural and reflected her day-to-day sensations. On ...

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French, 20th century, female.

Born in Berlin; died 1990.

Painter.

Dominique Lorsch studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She used an Expressionist style and sometimes that of Abstract Expressionism, but her painting is more elegant in style than violent. She exhibited her work regularly at the Salon d'Automne, the Salon des Indépendants, the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, the Salon Comparaisons, the Salon des Peintres Témoins de leur Temps and the Salon du Dessin et de la Peinture à l'Eau. She exhibited collections of paintings in solo exhibitions in 1966 in Paris and subsequently in Monte Carlo, Deauville, Los Angeles, and again in Paris in 1973....

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Swiss, 20th century, male.

Born 1929, in Basel.

Painter, engraver.

Bruno Muller studied for a year with Pierre Francastel at the École des Hautes Études in Paris. He evolved an Expressionist style which took on a progressively Abstract Expressionist flavour, with large, violently coloured, concise forms which bring to mind not the content but the sculptural vocabulary of Pouget or Cristoforou. He produced single designs....

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 28 January 1912, in Cody, Wyoming; died 11 August 1956, in Southampton, New York.

Painter, printmaker (etchings, screenprints).

Abstract Expressionism, Action Painting.

School of New York.

Jackson Pollock was born in Wyoming and spent his childhood in California, then in Arizona. He began to study painting and sculpture from 1925 at the Manual Art School of Los Angeles, where he was expelled after two years. He went to New York City in 1930 to study at the Art Students League. He was the pupil of Thomas Hart Benton who, even though he became a friend, never exercised much lasting influence on him. Pollock worked on murals for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Federal Art Project from 1935 to 1943. In 1936, he attended the experimental workshop of David Alfaro Siqueiros in Union Square. After his marriage to Lee Krasner, a pupil of Hans Hofmann, in 1944, he settled in Long Island....