Green Lizzie

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Artist: Sam Gilliam, American, 1933-2022
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Acrylic on canvas
58 x 54in (147.3 x 137.2cm)
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Gift of Janet and Jim Dicke
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After obtaining his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Louisville, Kentucky, in 1961, Sam Gilliam moved to Washington, D.C., where he became involved with other artists whose abstract paintings explored the relationship between color and space. To create works such as Green Lizzie, Gilliam worked through a complex process that involves splattering paint on unprimed canvas, layering different colors and glazes, and even painting canvas that has been crumpled and left on the floor to dry. The spontaneous splotches and lines created by this process are hallmarks of Gilliam's style and are a result of his embrace for the physicality of painted surfaces.
Something to Say: The McNay Presents 100 Years of African American Art; René Paul Barilleaux, Lowery Stokes Sims (b.1949); 2018; p. 60, 63


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