Sam Gilliam


Sam Gilliam (1933-2022) is one of America’s most prominent abstract painters.

Initially associated with the color-field painters in Washington DC, Gilliam has had a lengthy and dynamic career introducing ground-breaking techniques throughout his lifetime.
Born in Mississippi, Gilliam studied at the University of Louisville and later relocated to Washington and worked with artists such as Thomas Downing, Morris Louis, and Kenneth Noland.
The artist’s practice has constantly evolved in style and preference of material. While consistent in his expressive and gestural use of color, Gilliam has worked with painted canvas, watercolors, and prints.

‚ÄúUntitled‚ÄĚ was created the same year Gilliam debuted his famous ‚Äėdraped‚Äô canvases.

Metallic aluminum applied to the outer edges of the canvas and the wrinkled effect of the paper point to Gilliam’s focus on material and medium. These signature elements draw the viewer’s attention to the work’s surface, a practice Gilliam would utilize throughout his career.  

In July of 2018, the Kunstmuseum Basel (Switzerland) hosted the first major European retrospective of the artist focusing on Gilliam’s critical years of 1967- 1973.  

In the last four years, Gilliam’s work has enjoyed a significant renaissance across North America and Europe. 

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Watercolor, acrylic, and aluminum powder on Japanese paper.

Signed and dated 69 by artist on the support bottom right

24"H 37"W

USA, 1969

Very good condition 

Original framing 



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