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About Sam Gilliam

A pillar of the Washington, D.C., modern and contemporary art communities, internationally acclaimed abstract painter Sam Gilliam has been testing the boundaries of color, form, texture, and the canvas itself over the course of his long, productive career. Filling canvases with fields of deeply saturated color and layers of expressionistic brushstrokes, both subtle and bold, Gilliam was a part of the Washington Color School (late 1950s through mid-’70s) and has been associated with the Abstract Expressionists. Ever the innovator, he took his color-stained canvases off of the stretcher in the late 1960s and presented them in radical new ways: draped across walls and hung from the ceiling in generous, folding layers. These sculpture-painting hybrids have become a defining part of Gilliam’s practice and inflect all of his work with an ongoing exploration of the depth, physicality, and resonance of color.

American, b. 1933, Tupelo, Mississippi, based in Washington, DC, United States

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Art You Can Stomach, Sragow Gallery, New York
2016
Recent Acquisitions, Bill Hodges Gallery
2015
Summer Show 2015, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe
2015
PRETTY RAW: AFTER AND AROUND HELEN FRANKENTHALER, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Waltham
2014
Washington Color Abstraction, Gabarron Foundation, New York