Sam Gilliam

SAM GILLIAM "COMPOSITION", 1972

Sam Gilliam (b. 1933), known as one of America’s most prominent abstract painters, practices colour-field and lyrical abstract expressionism. He has introduced groundbreaking art making techniques throughout his career. 

Born in Mississippi, Gilliam studied at the University of Louisville and later worked in Washington D.C. with the Washington Colour School among artists such as Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland.
 
The artist’s practice has constantly evolved in style and material. While known most famously as the creator of monumental draped canvas paintings, Gilliam has worked with prints, painted collage, and watercolours.
 
Gilliam uniquely uses reflective silver paper in ‚ÄúComposition.‚ÄĚ His gestural applications of colour are given another dimension in this technique, where sources of light interact with the applied colour atop the silver paper.
 
This print was created by Master Printer, John Hutcheson, who collaborated with artists of the period such as Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Motherwell. Hutcheson’s prints can be found in museum collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, and MoMA.
 
In the last four years, Gilliam’s work has enjoyed a significant renaissance; galleries and institutions across North America are mounting solo exhibitions of the artist. Notably, the Kunstmuseum Basel is hosting the first major European retrospective of the artist in July.

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Screenprint on smooth wove paper with metallic foil overlay 

Signed and inscribed ("B.A.T" to John Hutchenson) by the artist

(B.A.T is an abbreviation of the printmaking term "Bonne à tirer" which translates as "Good to pull" or to proceed with the production of the edition. This supersedes an "Artist Proof")

26.5"H 19"W

Very good condition

 

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