Monday, December 23, 2013

John Altoon

John Altoon 1925-1969  Ocean Park Series # 12  oil on canvas  81 5/16" x 84"

Altoon was an L.A. based artist that died early of a heart attack at the age of 43. I was influenced by his use of biomorphic forms mixed with an abstract impressionist approach to paint application. His use of a white ground with semi-narrative imagery floating on it was new and exciting for me in the early and late 60's. Along with Guston, Nutt, and a few other's he was one of my early influences.

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