JOHN MCCRACKEN "CELEBRATION" WATERCOLOR, 1979

John McCracken (1934-2011) is best known for brightly-hued minimalist sculptures. He one of the most influential artists associated with California’s “Light and Space” movement of the 1960s. Despite his strong connection to sculpture, he often returned to painting and drawing throughout his career. 

In 1965, McCracken was teaching at the University of California in Irvine, while working enthusiastically with resin and lacquers. By the 1970s however, McCracken made a return to painting by creating a series of works based loosely on Buddhist Mandalas. 

McCracken had an intense interest in the paranormal, supernatural, and New Age practices, and was a firm believer in painting and drawing’s ability to tap into a metaphysical and illusionistic realm. 

This untitled watercolor from 1979 is an intimate, but exceptional example of his drawing and painting explorations from the end of the decade. Quite different from his monochromatic sculptures, these works are made up of hundreds of tiny brushstrokes. This is truly seeing the hand of the artist. The overall effect is evocative of a feathered skin or an explosion of confetti. 

As McCracken sculptures are now selling regularly in the high six-figure range, his unique works on paper are an ideal entry point for young collectors. 

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Untitled ("Celebration")

Watercolor

Signed, dated '79 by the artist 

3.5”H 5.5"W (work)

10"H 11.5"W (framed)

Very good condition

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