Beauford Delaney, ‘Untitled Abstraction’, 1961, Aaron Payne Fine Art

Signature: signed and dated lower right: Beauford Delaney '61

About Beauford Delaney

A Harlem Renaissance painter who highlighted that which was often overlooked, Beauford Delaney focused on people on the fringes of society. Working in a lyrically abstract style, Delaney sought to reveal the essence and enigma of forms and figures. He worked primarily with pastels during the 1930s and began experimenting with street scenes during the 1940s, producing bright swaths of paint in heavy impasto. After moving to Paris during the 1950s and gaining exposure to influential literary circles and jazz clubs, Delaney began to work in a nonrepresentational, expression-driven style. Inspired by the improvisation of jazz music, his works grew increasingly unpredictable and nontraditional. While his subject matter addressed post–Great Depression poverty, homelessness, and black disenfranchisement, Delaney was ultimately more concerned with self-expression and self-discovery than social commentary.

American, 1901-1979

Group Shows on Artsy

Abstract 50's Masters (Where Were the Mistresses?), Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York
Circa 1970, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
Many Faces of Abstraction, Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York
History, Bill Hodges Gallery
Encore, Bill Hodges Gallery