Friedel Dzubas


Friedel Dzubas (1915-1994) was a Berlin-born, American abstract painter and a key artist associated with both the New York School and the Color Field movement. 

Dzubas studied art in Germany before fleeing the Nazi regime in 1939, settling in New York City. During the 1940s, Dzubas circulated with some of the leading abstract painters in the city's vital art scene. One of Dzubas' first major group shows was the legendary 9th Street Art Exhibition in 1951. This exhibition acted as an informal debut of the New York School. 

Dzubas worked in close proximity to, and was strongly influenced by, the emerging Color Field painters. He shared a studio with Helen Frankenthaler as she began pouring and staining her canvases. The two evolved and each surpassed the techniques embraced by the Abstract Expressionists. 

The artist did not delve into printmaking with the same intensity as his contemporaries. However, like many of the leading American artists in the late 1970s and early 1980s, he did experiment with cast pulp paper, a process in which paper is pulverized and pressed into moulds. The technique was embraced for its texture and the unique way in which colors were absorbed and presented. 

This work is exemplary of Dzubas' use and love of rich saturated colors. Created in a printmaking studio, and considered a monotype, the series was called 'Painted Paper'; and is a hybrid of printmaking and painting. Despite being cast in paper-pulp, "Painted Paper" retains form and color similar to Duzbas' paintings which often employed various staining and washing techniques. 

Today Friedel Dzubas' works hang in the permanent collections of some of the most prestigious art institutions in the world; including, the Whitney Museum (NY), the Guggenheim (NY), the Smithsonian American Art Museum (NY), and the Albright-Knox (Buffalo).

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Untitled (EXP/FD 13-07) aka "Coral Rush" 

USA, 1982

Monotype on cast pulp paper (unique)

Signed and dated in pencil by the artist

34"H 34"W (sheet)

Created at the Garner Tullis Workshop (California) 

Excellent condition 

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