Exposition Art Blog

Taro Yamamoto - New York School Abstract Expressionism

Taro Yamamoto (October 29, 1919 – June 12, 1994) belonged to the New York School Abstract Expressionist artists whose artistic innovation by the 1950s had been recognized across the Atlantic, including Paris. New York School Abstract Expressionism, represented by Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline and others became a leading art movement of the post World War II era.
"Taro Yamamoto’s prolific career began at a young age. By the age of ten, he was already painting landscapes and still lifes in oil, and had won numerous prizes in exhibitions at school.
Yamamoto was born in Hollywood, California in 1919, but was taken to live and study in Japan when he was six. His parents wanted him to receive a traditional Japanese education as he was descended from a long line of Shinto priests. Yamamoto remained there until he was 19 years old, then returned to the United States and studied cubism at Los Angeles City College.From 1941-1946, Yamamoto served in the U.S. Army. He then went back to painting, studying at Santa Monica City College where he made an award winning painting that was later presented to the Methodist Church in West L.A..Like many of his significant peers from that time, Yamamoto studied at the Art Students’ League in New York, working under Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Morris Kantor, Vaclav Vytlacil and Byron Browne. He subsequently received a scholarship from the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts, and began studying there in 1952. That same year, Yamamoto received the John Sloan Memorial Fellowship. The following year he won the Edward G. McDowell Traveling Fellowship and spent a year painting and studying in Europe. Yamamoto also spent periods of time at the McDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire in 1954, 1956 and 1957."(vallarinofineart.com)

Balcomb Greene - Figurative Abstract Painting

Balcomb Greene (1904–1990) and his wife, artist Gertrude Glass Greene, were heavily involved in political activism to promote mainstream acceptance of abstract art. They were founding members of the American Abstract Artists organization.His early style was completely non-objective. Juan Gris and Piet Mondrian as well as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse influenced his early style. From the 1940s his work "opened out to the light and space of natural form." He painted landscapes and figure. "He discerned the pain of a man, and hewed to it integrally from beginning to end…. In his study of the figure he did not stress anatomical shape but rather its intuitive, often conflicting spirit."Balcomb Greene contributed to modernist cause through his writings: "It is actually the artist, and only he, who is equipped for approaching the individual directly. The abstract artist can approach man through the most immediate of aesthetic experiences, touching below consciousness and the veneer of attitudes, contacting the whole ego rather than the ego on the defensive."Wikipedia

Kathleen Gemberling Adkison - Abstract Expressionism

Kathleen Gemberling Adkison (July 5, 1917 - 2010), was an American abstract painter.
Like Jackson Pollock, Adkison worked with her canvas on the floor. She is recognized as among the first female to do so. However, her focus is based on the natural beauty of rocks, trees, tall grasses and other images she perceived from her hikes with her husband.
Adkison was a critically acclaimed artist and highly recognized for her work. She was among only eight women included in Northwest Art Today at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. She died in August 2010

Mordecai Ardon - Mystery Landscape Painting

Mordecai Ardon (1896 –1992) was an Israeli painter.
Ardon was born Max Bronstein in 1896 in Tuchów, Galicia (then Austria-Hungary, now Poland). In 1933 he emigrated to Jerusalem in Mandate Palestine. He was granted Palestinian citizenship in 1936 and changed his name to Mordecai Ardon.
Beginning in the 1950s Ardon adopted a complex system of symbolic images in his paintings, taken from the Jewish Mystical tradition (Kabbalah), from the Bible and from a tangible reality. In his painting "Gates of Light", for example, he expressed "the inner mystery and timelessness of the landscape." His work seeks to impart a cosmic dimension to the present, linking it to antiquity and mystery. The same approach can be found in "At the Gates of Jerusalem" (1967), which shows the attempt to "convey his feelings about the cosmic significance of Israel’s return to the Old City of Jerusalem during the Six-Day War". "Bird near a yellow wall" (1950) demonstrates his simplistic involvement with the Holocaust, a subject to which he was one of the few Israeli artists to devote a phase of his work, at that time.As a teacher and director of the "New Bezalel", Ardon conveyed his sense of social involvement, his tendency towards Jewish mysticism and local mythology, and the combination of personal national symbols with reality-always stressing masterful technique. Wikipedia