Barry Cleavin

1939

Artist biography

Barry Cleavin is an established contemporary artist, Barry Cleavin was born in 1939. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Angelo Botti, Eiler Madsen, Onorio Mansutti, Margaret Barrett, and Nicholas Barnham.

Further Biographical Context for Barry Cleavin

Barry Cleavin was born in 1939, grew up during the 1950s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that studied notions of spirituality and the sublime, dominated the 1950s. A number of artists focused on the formal properties of painting, and action painting was influenced by the political freedom of the United States, in opposition to the strict limitations of the Soviet bloc. Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb were predominant artists of this period. The male dominated environment has been subsequently revisited to recognise the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Barry Cleavin

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