Joseph James Crilley

1920 - 2008

Artist biography

Joseph James Crilley was a creative visual artist, Joseph James Crilley was born in 1920 and died in 2008. Artists Willy Ørskov, Ingalvur Av Reyni, Albert Mertz, Harold Krisel, and Josephsohn Estate are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Joseph James Crilley

Born in 1920, Joseph James Crilley was primarily inspired by the 1950s. It can be said that the 1950s were dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised dramatic brushstrokes and explored ideas about organic nature, spirituality and the sublime. Much of the focus was on the formal techniques of painting, and ideas of action painting were conflated with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strict nature of the Soviet bloc. Influential 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 emphasised the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Joseph James Crilley

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