Hugh Acton

1925

Artist biography

Hugh Acton is a contemporary artist considered well established, Hugh Acton was born in 1925. Also born in 1925 and of this same generation are Eva Aldbrook, Robert Rauschenberg(P)*, Jose Gurvich, Alberto Arboleda, and Joan Mitchell.

Further Biographical Context for Hugh Acton

Hugh Acton was born in 1925 and was predominantly inspired creatively by the 1950s. The 1950s can be said to have been dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised dramatic brushstrokes and expressed ideas about organic nature, spirituality and the sublime. Much of the focus was on the formal properties of painting, and ideas of action painting were conflated with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strictures nature of the Soviet bloc. Important artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, but necessary revisionism of this period has underlined the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Hugh Acton

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