Jay Joseph Contway

1935 - 2019

Artist biography

Jay Joseph Contway was an artist, Jay Joseph Contway was born in 1935 and died in 2019. Artists Daniel Ane, Louis Draper, Arnfried Blatt, Andreas Brandt, and Jay Joseph Contway are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Jay Joseph Contway

Jay Joseph Contway was born in 1935 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1950s. It can be said that the 1950s were 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 unified with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strict 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, though necessary reassessment of this period has underlined the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Jay Joseph Contway

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