Jack Whitten


Born 1939 in Bessemer, Alabama, the son of a seamstress and a coal-miner, Jack Whitten moved to New York where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 1964. Whitten's work is stongly influenced by the abstract expressionists, and the New York Times labeled him the father of a 'new abstraction'. His work was featured at the Whitney Museum of American Art as part of the Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting in 1972, and two years later in a solo exhibition. Other shows include a 10-year retrospective in 1983 at the Studio Museum in Harlem and an exhibition of memorial paintings in 2008 at the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Whitten lives and works in New York.

 

Epsilon Group II, 1977 

Oil on canvas
161.3 x 161.3 cm