Jules Olitski


b. Gomel, Russia 1922

d. 2007

Jules Olitski was born in Russia and lived in New York from age two. He took American nationality when serving in the United States army during the Second World War. One of the original Color Field painters to emerge in the 1950s, Olitski was deeply concerned with the physical properties of paint. In his early career, the artist depicted abstract shapes with thick, heavily impastoed surfaces, but later took to layering thin films of spraypaint onto his canvases, creating a trademark atmospheric effect. Olitski was always drawn to bright color, experimenting with unusual color harmonies and chromatic shifts. He would eventually return to impasto, experimenting with acrylic paints, binders, and gels that were not previously available.

Exhibitions with L V H
Selected Work
Personal Realities, 1989 Acrylic on Canvas 20 x 16 1/4 in | 51 x 41 cm