John Grillo, Rare 1960s Abstract Expressionist Silkscreen, Ed. of only 9
The present work is a dazzling, extremely rare 1960s screenprint by Abstract Expressionist painter John Grillo, who died in 2014 at the age of 97. From a small edition of 9, it is a fusion of Op Art and Abstract Expressionist elements, in a vibrant palette anchored in red. It is in very good condition with impressive deckled edges -- meaning it will look terrific when floated and framed. This came from the estate art critic Gene Baro of Bennington Vermont.
John Grillo (American, 1917–2014) was a painter, sculptor, and lithographer, and was a pioneer of Abstract Expressionism. He was born in Lawrence, MA, and studied at the Hartford School of Fine Arts from 1935 to 1938. From 1945 to 1947 Grillo studied at the California School of Fine Arts, a hotbed of experimental abstraction in America. Grillo worked alongside Mark Rothko and Clyfford Still from 1946 to 1947 at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) to found the movement also known as the New York School. In 1948, he returned to Massachusetts and studied under Hans Hofmann at the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts in Provincetown. By 1953, his work was shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art.
Signature: Signed and dated lower right; numbered lower left