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