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John Little
"Blue Nocturne" Abstract Oil Painting in Predominant Blues

1955 - 1970

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"Blue Nocturne" is full of rich deep blues contrasted by oranges, red, black and white. The abstract composition is bursting with energy that pours out of the painting and beyond the picture frame. It is signed on the lower right front corner. The address of his design gallery in New York is stamped on Verso and is also burned into the wood stretcher. Frame measures 29" h x 36" w. John Little was born in Alabama and as a teenager attended the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy now known as the Albert Knox Art Gallery founded in 1862 and one of the oldest art galleries in the United States. The collections are of more modern pieces showing styles of abstract expressionism, pop art. Art of the 1970s through the end of the century can also be found and represented by artists such as Arshile Gorky, Jackson Pollock, Clyfford Still, and Andy Warhol. Additionally, the gallery is also rich in various pieces of post-war American and European art their contemporary collection includes pieces by artists such as Kiki Smith, Allan Graham, Georg Baselitz, John Connell, and Per Kirkeby. He attended the Art Student League with George Grosz, painting mainly Cezannesque landscapes. In 1937 he started working with Hans Hofmann in both New York and Provincetown, which pushed him towards abstraction and his first serious involvement as a painter. At Hofmann’s school he met artists such as Lee Krasner, George McNeil, Gerome Kamrowski, Giorgio Cavallon and Perle Fine. In 1942 he became a naval serial photographer returning to New York after the war and moved into Hans Hofmann’s 8th Street studio where his neighbors were Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock. The paintings of the late 1940s reveal great experimentation and a growing interest in both Surrealist automatism, Picasso and the theories of Hans Hofmann. In 1946 he had a one-man show at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francsico with a follow-up solo show at Betty Parsons. It was about this time that he had two main exhibitions with Jackson Pollock that travel across the U.S. In the 1950s he began painting in thick, gestural buildup of paint and started a series of constructions created from driftwood and beach-coming detritus. Little and Pollock had a joint exhibition in 1955 at Guild Hall. He helped found the Signa Gallery, an important outpost in East Hampton for the growing New York art scene. Little had solo exhibitions at, among others, Betty Parsons Gallery, Bertha Schaefer Gallery, Worth Ryder Gallery, A.M. Sachs Gallery, and the Guild Hall Museum. His work is part of the permanent collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guild Hall Museum, Ball State University Museum of Art and Galerie Beyeler among others.

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