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Morgan Falconer

German painter and sculptor. He studied sociology, politics and educational theory at university (1970–76). Bömmels became known within the context of German Neo-Expressionism in the early 1980s: he was a member of the Cologne-based group Mülheimer Freiheit, and his vigorous, fluid technique and symbolist leanings led him to be associated with the ‘wild’ painters or New Primitives. ...

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Morgan Falconer

German painter and sculptor. He studied at Berlin University but was self-taught as an artist. He came to international prominence in the early 1980s along with a generation of young German Neo-Expressionist painters. In particular, he was associated with a group from Hamburg that included Albert Oehlen (with whom he had a long and formative association) and Martin Kippenberger. Like many of the Hamburg painters, his work was characterized by satirical attacks on the bourgeoisie, while its fantastical and infantilist dimensions were informed by a distaste for the excesses of contemporary mass culture. ...

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Sharon Matt Atkins

American painter, printmaker and teacher. Colescott produced highly expressive and gestural paintings that addressed a wide range of social and cultural themes and challenged stereotypes. Interested in issues of race, gender and power, his work critiqued the representation of minorities in literature, history, art and popular culture. Stylistically, his work is indebted to European modernism, particularly Cubism and Expressionism, but also makes references to African sculpture, African American art and post–World War II American styles....

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Ricardo Pau-Llosa

Cuban painter, active in the USA. He left Cuba in 1960 and settled in New York, where from 1966 to 1969 he studied at the School of Visual Arts. He was a protagonist of the neo-expressionist movement that emerged in New York in the 1970s (...

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Dutch, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1950, in Eindhoven.

Painter.

Daniëls trained at the royal academy in 's Hertogenbosch from 1972 to 1975. He lives and works in Eindhoven. From 1977 to 1978 he painted, in an Expressionist style, objects associated with reading, hearing and vision, namely books, record players and cameras. From ...

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Belgian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1949.

Painter, engraver, lithographer.

Désiro went through a major Expressionist period. His Crucifixion in Red ( Crucifixion en Rouge) shows the painter in a studio cluttered with paintings, in the middle of painting or crucifying a larger than life, suffering Christ. In his later work, he gave his abstract compositions a circular dynamism....

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Yugoslav, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in France and England.

Born 1948, in Sarajevo (now in Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Installation artist.

Conceptual Art.

The son of a painter, Braco Dimitrijevic was already producing Expressionist works by the age of 10, but he then channelled his energies into competitive skiing. He studied at the academy of fine arts in Zagreb ...

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The term ‘expressionism’ refers in general to the deliberate distortion and exaggeration of forms for expressive effect in artworks. It may also be used with reference to particular historical or cultural iterations—as in (most commonly) German Expressionism, which refers to specific artists and practices of the early 20th century (...

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Anne K. Swartz

American painter. Fishman is an abstract painter who came of age at the end of the 1960s when Abstract Expressionism was the dominant mode of painting and the Women’s Movement was gaining momentum. She attended the Philadelphia College of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, eventually receiving her BFA and BS degree from Tyler School of Fine Arts. There she received two senior prizes—the First Painting Prize, Student Exhibit, Tyler School of Art, and the Bertha Lowenberg Prize for the Senior Woman to Excel in Art (...

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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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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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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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Russian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1957, in Moscow.

Painter, graphic designer. Figures.

Maxim Kantor studied at the Polygraphic Institute in Moscow. He developed an Expressionist technique, using an exaggerated style of drawing and clashing colours. His prime theme is the sufferings of long-stay patients in psychiatric hospitals, a theme which he sees as a metaphor for the degradation of the human condition in the face of the absurdity of the modern world. He has exhibited frequently in Russia, the USA, Japan, and Germany. He exhibited at the Galerie Julia Tocaier in Paris in ...

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Russian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1948, in Moscow.

Painter.

Viktor Kazarin studied in Sokolov's studio. He graduated from the faculty of painting and graphic art in Moscow. He was one of the founders of Russian Neo-Expressionism. He uses a Tachiste technique that comes close to 'dripping'. His apparently abstract paintings often suggest figures drawn from reality, often animals, involving an element of guesswork, detection, deciphering in the style of a Rorshach test....

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Francis Summers

English painter and writer. She studied at Maidstone College of Art from 1968 until 1971 and then moved to London, studying at the Royal College of Art until 1973. Having worked in an Expressionist mode for some years, by the early 1990s Key was making more minimal abstract paintings. Her ...

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Russian, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 18 December 1956, in Orenburg.

Painter. Figure compositions.

Olga Kocheleva studied at the Kalinin school of fine arts in Moscow and worked under the direction of S. Rakoutine. She executes Expressionist-type figurative paintings in dark colours, the style determined, the perspectives staggered by means of diagonals....

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Sook-Kyung Lee

One of the characteristics of Korean contemporary art is a continuous effort in employing and interpreting international art practices and discourses. Art movements from Europe and North America in particular, including Abstract Expressionism, Art informel, Minimalism, Conceptual art and Post-modernism, have influenced many Korean artists’ styles and ideas since the 1950s, providing formal and conceptual grounds for critical understandings and further experiments. Whilst some artists who maintained traditional art forms such as ink painting and calligraphy exercised modernist styles and abstract forms largely within the norms and conventions of traditional genres, a large group of artists proactively adapted to Western styles, employing new materials and techniques as well as the notions of avant-garde and experimentalism (...

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Dutch, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1964.

Painter. Scenes with figures, figures.

Kiki Lamers evolved from Photographic Realism towards more personal works with some Expressionist self-portraits. She uses the photograph as a basis for her painting in translucent colours, while in her numerous portraits of children she accentuates the attention to detail and the intensity of the look facing the viewer. She lives and works in Rotterdam. Collective exhibitions include: ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1961.

Painter.

Dominique Larrivaz was a pupil at the École des Beaux-Arts at Valence and then in Paris. He shows his work in many solo exhibitions in Paris and Stuttgart. Apart from his life-size Expressionist figures, he creates strange foetal shapes on vast canvases whose format is defined by the extent the body occupies in the space. In the series ...