Jack Tworkov’s Figural Drawings Illuminate his Legendary Abstractions
Signature: Silkscreen printed in colors, 1973, signed in pencil, dated, titled and numbered "artist's proof 4/6" (aside from the numbered edition of only 25), on Arches paper; in excellent condition Image 28 1/2 x 21 inches. Sheet 30 x 22 1/2 inches
Estate of the artist.
An early member of the New York School and a first-generation Abstract Expressionist, Jack Tworkov painted with gestural brushstrokes, emphasizing texture and line. His most characteristic work contains flashes of color against muted, monochromatic backgrounds, documenting his gestures and drawing attention to pigment and medium. In the second phase of his career, he abandoned his expressionistic practice for a more theoretical one and began to employ grid-like structures, geometric patterns, and other elements of Minimalism, although often deliberately damaging and deteriorating his paintings.
Polish-American, 1900-1982, Biala, Poland