Project DescriptionDescription: Oil on canvas, 137.2 x 85.73 cm. Signed and dated 'Grillo 63' (lower left)
Catalogue note: An American Abstract Expressionist painter whose brightly colourful works represent a unique vision with the movement. His works are appreciate for their golden luminosity and lush brushwork that is comparable to earlier masterful painters such as J. M. W. Turner or Peter Paul Rebens. Born in 1917, the young artist was initially influenced by the Ashcan School of Painters, including John Sloan and Robert Henri, while attending the Hartford School of Fine Arts. After serving in the US Navy, he studied at the San Francisco School of Fine Arts under Bay Area Figurative artist Richard Diebenkorn before moving to New York and taking classes with Hans Hofmann, who became and lifelong influence on and supporter of Grillo. Today, his works are in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Walker Art Centre in Minneapolis, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Grillo died on November 26, 2014 in Hyannis, MA.
Provenance: Acquired from Christie’s, Sale 15880, Lot 51, Invoice no. DB18016970. Robert Greene Fine Arts, Mill Valley, California. | Private collection, California, 1997. | Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York. | Acquired from the above by the present owner
Catalogue no.: 2018P0080-JG