John Cleal

1929 - 2017

Artist biography

John Cleal was a creative artist, John Cleal was born in 1929 and died in 2017. Also born in 1929 and of this same generation are John Bastin, Zigurds Zuze, Chalood Nimsamer, Helmut Pete Beckmann, and André Marie Pierre Brasilier.

Further Biographical Context for John Cleal

John Cleal was born in 1929 and was largely inspired by the 1950s. Abstract Expressionism prevailed in the 1950s as a chief method of painting, and explored ideas concerning the sublime and spirituality. Artists chose to focus on painting’s formal properties, and Action Painting took inspiration from the political freedoms of the United States, in opposition to the strictures of the Soviet bloc. Influential artists of this period included Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. In later revisions, the contributions and efforts of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois have been acknowledged, amongst many other female creatives.

John Cleal

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