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Jay DeFeo

American, 1929–1989

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Jay DeFeo

American, 1929–1989

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Jay DeFeo has been variously labeled as an Abstract Expressionist, a Beatnik, and a funk artist, though she personally did not identify with any movement. Often considered under-recognized in the canon of American art, DeFeo's 2013 retrospective at the Whitney Museum gave her groundbreaking oeuvre the long overdue attention it warranted. Her first body of work was influenced by Abstract Expressionism, though she would later make semi-representational works. DeFeo's influences ranged from Italian architecture to Asian, African, and pre-historic art. Her works were cross-disciplinary in medium, spanning sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, and collage. When painting, DeFeo applied her material thickly, often using a palette knife rather than a brush and mixing in unorthodox materials. Between 1958 and 1966, DeFeo created what became one of the best-known works of her career, The Rose—it had such thick impasto that it was considered a relief, or as DeFeo referred to it: “a marriage between painting and sculpture.” In other works she explored and reconfigured everyday objects.

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Whitney Museum of American Art, and 2 more
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Biography

Jay DeFeo has been variously labeled as an Abstract Expressionist, a Beatnik, and a funk artist, though she personally did not identify with any movement. Often considered under-recognized in the canon of American art, DeFeo's 2013 retrospective at the Whitney Museum gave her groundbreaking oeuvre the long overdue attention it warranted. Her first body of work was influenced by Abstract Expressionism, though she would later make semi-representational works. DeFeo's influences ranged from Italian architecture to Asian, African, and pre-historic art. Her works were cross-disciplinary in medium, spanning sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, and collage. When painting, DeFeo applied her material thickly, often using a palette knife rather than a brush and mixing in unorthodox materials. Between 1958 and 1966, DeFeo created what became one of the best-known works of her career, The Rose—it had such thick impasto that it was considered a relief, or as DeFeo referred to it: “a marriage between painting and sculpture.” In other works she explored and reconfigured everyday objects.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Whitney Museum of American Art, and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Articles Featuring Jay DeFeo
Prolific and Endlessly Experimental, Jay DeFeo Has Become an Icon for Artists
Jan 30th, 2018
Prolific and Endlessly Experimental, Jay DeFeo Has Become an Icon for Artists
The Legendary Gallery That Put L.A. on the Art World’s Map
Mar 8th, 2017
The Legendary Gallery That Put L.A. on the Art World’s Map
11 Female Abstract Expressionists Who Are Not Helen Frankenthaler
Jun 29th, 2016
11 Female Abstract Expressionists Who Are Not Helen Frankenthaler
Female Artists at the Fore in Mitchell-Innes and Nash’s Art Basel Presentation
Jun 11th, 2014
Female Artists at the Fore in Mitchell-Innes and Nash’s Art Basel Presentation
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