Sam Gilliam

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Birthday
30, 1933
Birthplace
Tupelo, MS
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
30, 1933 (age 85)
Birthplace
Tupelo, MS

About

Abstract Expressionist and Lyrical Abstraction painter and Color Field artist associated with the Washington Color School. He conceived the idea of the "unsupported canvas" in 1965 and revolutionized the perception of the blank canvas.

Before Fame

He attended the University of Louisville, where he held his first exhibition in 1955. He was enlisted in the United States Army from 1956 until 1958.

Trivia

His work was influenced by such German Expressionists as Emil Nolde, Paul Klee, and Nathan Oliveira.

Family Life

He was the seventh of eight children born to Sam and Estery Gilliam. He married journalist Dorothy Butler in 1962.

Associated With

He was a contemporary of Frank Stella.