Medium

Although he socialized with such famous abstract expressionist artists as Lee Krasner and Robert Motherwell, Doug Ohlson creates paintings that are restrained and geometric in nature. His Color Field canvases are inspired by the saturated swaths of open sky and flat land in Iowa, where he was born during the Great Depression. As New York Times art critic Roberta Smith has observed, “The staple of his formal vocabulary was repeating vertical bars that seemed, increasingly, to levitate before clouds of vibrant contrasting color.” Ohlson studied under the minimalist artist Tony Smith at Hunter College in New York, where he himself started teaching in 1964.

Selected exhibitions
2021
Doug Ohlson: Paintings from the 1980sWashburn Gallery
2020
On the Same WavelengthLouis Stern Fine Arts
2019
Doug Ohlson: "Poker" PaintingsWashburn Gallery
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Salammbo, 1996

Acrylic on canvas
64 × 84 in
162.6 × 213.4 cm
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New York
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Medium

Although he socialized with such famous abstract expressionist artists as Lee Krasner and Robert Motherwell, Doug Ohlson creates paintings that are restrained and geometric in nature. His Color Field canvases are inspired by the saturated swaths of open sky and flat land in Iowa, where he was born during the Great Depression. As New York Times art critic Roberta Smith has observed, “The staple of his formal vocabulary was repeating vertical bars that seemed, increasingly, to levitate before clouds of vibrant contrasting color.” Ohlson studied under the minimalist artist Tony Smith at Hunter College in New York, where he himself started teaching in 1964.

Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works by Doug Ohlson
Other works from Washburn Gallery