Artist of the moment….Sam Gilliam

Sam Gilliam is an African- American painter born in 1933 in Tupelo, Mississippi. Gilliam is associated with the color field movement and Gilliam was also a fan of the abstract expressionist painters in the 1950s. . His canvases are a mixture of flat and textured surfaces and many areas of varied color. For his artistic education Sam Gilliam attended the University of Louisville earning both a bachelors and masters degree in fine art.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $60,000. Works range from serigraphs and prints to originals in acrylics and oils. Most painted works are acrylics on wood panel, mainly birch. Gilliam also uses digital media in some print work.

Sam Gilliam was one of eight children.

Gilliam is also seen as a pioneer for hanging canvases WITHOUT a stretcher bar. Sometimes these works are sometimes referred to as unsupported canvases. The idea came from watching laundry hanging outside of his painting studio. These works are probably his most famous and were made in the 1960s and 1970.

Below a great interview with Sam Gilliam:

In this clip we visit a series inspired by Arthur Dove’s Flour Mill.

Another well received series was titled the Black Paintings. These works are mainly collages that remind the artist of  his childhood and watching the women quilt.

The coolest thing about this artist is that he enjoys teaching and helping the community appreciate art  in a greater fashion. Gilliam taught in the Louisville public school system, Carnegie Mellon University located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland.

Part of many prominent museum collections including the Chicago Institute of the Arts, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and many more.


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