Abstract Expressionism Artists. Here is a list of my favourite abstract expressionism artists, while the list is not comprehensive by any means. However, it does list my most significant influences.
Jackson Pollock was the most significant and influential American painter in the abstract expressionist movement. He was well known for his unique style of drip painting. During his lifetime, Pollock enjoyed considerable fame and notoriety, a major artist of his generation. Regarded as reclusive, he had a volatile personality and struggled with alcoholism for most of his life. In 1945, he married the artist Lee Krasner, who became an important influence on his career and on his legacy. Pollock died at the age of 44 in an alcohol-related single-car accident when he was driving. In December 1956, several months after his death, Pollock was given a memorial …more on Wikipedia
Mark Rothko was an American painter of Russian Jewish descent. He is generally identified as an Abstract Expressionist. With Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, he is one of the most famous postwar American artists. …more on Wikipedia
Franz Kline was an American painter born in Pennsylvania. He is mainly associated with the abstract expressionist movement of the 1940s and 1950s. Kline, along with other action painters like Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell and Lee Krasner, as well as other poets, dancers, and musicians of the time came to be known as the informal group, the New York School. Although he explored the same innovations to painting as the other artists in this group, Kline’s work is distinct in itself and has been revered since the 1950s. …more on Wikipedia
Clyfford Still was an American painter, and one of the leading figures in the first generation of Abstract Expressionists, who developed a new, powerful approach to painting in the years immediately following World War II. Still has been credited with laying the groundwork for the movement, as his shift from representational to abstract painting occurred between 1938 and 1942, earlier than his colleagues like Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, who continued to paint in figurative-surrealist styles well into the 1940s. …more on Wikipedia
Joan Mitchell was a “second generation” abstract expressionist painter and printmaker. She was an essential member of the American Abstract expressionist movement, even though much of her career took place in France. Along with Lee Krasner, Grace Hartigan, Helen Frankenthaler and Sonia Gechtoff, she was one of her era’s few female painters to gain critical and public acclaim. Her paintings and editioned prints can be seen in major museums and collections across the United States and Europe. On 13 May 2014, Mitchell became the most expensive female artist at auction when an untitled abstract dating from 1960 was sold for $11,925,000 at Christie’s, New York. The previous record holder had been... …more on Wikipedia
Robert Rauschenberg did not originally set out to become an artist. Born in Texas in the 1920s, Rauschenberg grew up in a fairly strict and frugal Christian household. As a teenager, he hoped to become a minister. However, he eventually switched paths. Rauschenberg attended the University of Texas and briefly studied pharmacology. During WWII, he served in the United States Navy as a neuropsychiatric technician. It was during his time in the military that Rauschenberg realized his artistic aspirations …more on Wikipedia
Frank Stella is an American painter and printmaker, noted for his work in the areas of minimalism and post-painterly abstraction. Stella continues to live and work in New York. …more on Wikipedia
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