John Terry Collins


Artist biography

John Terry Collins is seen as an established contemporary artist, John Terry Collins was born in 1932. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Bruno Schleinstein, Ben Babelowsky, James Lee Byars, Eduardo Gustavo Bergara Leumann, and Frits Cremer Müller.

Further Biographical Context for John Terry Collins

John Terry Collins was born in 1932, grew up during the 1950s and was influenced by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The 1950s can be said to have been dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised expressive 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. Key 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 revisionism of this period has highlighted the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

John Terry Collins

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