Tortuga

Jules Olitski

Tortuga , 1985

Paintings
8.0 x 20.0 inches
Water-based acrylic on linen
$21,000
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$1,500 LiveArt Handling Fee and Shipping Costs added during invoicing
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Sterling Boyd, Raleigh, North Carolina; Leland Little Auctions, North Carolina, September 18, 2021, lot 183

About the artist

Jules Olitski

Jules Olitski (1922-2007) gained American citizenship after serving in the army during the second World War. Using the GI Bill, Olitski was able to attend the National Academy of Design in New York. He went on to continue his education in Paris  where he developed his infamous painting style that had links with both Parisian informel painting and American Abstract Expressionism


Credited with helping develop the movement of Color Field painting in the mid-1960s, Olitski focused on the material qualities of surface and color in painting, rather than the personal expression of the artist. Olitski began to pour and stain dye onto large canvases. He experimented with different methods of applying paint, using brushes, sponges, mops and rollers. Olitski pioneered a technique using an industrial spray gun to lightly apply paint on unprimed canvas, creating an effect of hazy color suspended midair. Olitski represented the United States of America at the 1966 Venice Biennale. 

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