Agnes Pelton was inspired by the New Mexico desert where she also joined a group of Taos artists called the Transcendental Painting group. Her works move toward abstraction of philosophical questions.
Jay DeFeo is a painter and photographer who lived in San Francisco during the Beat Generation. She is known for her painting “The Rose.” It is a large canvas that weights, over 1 ton! Its 8 x 11 feet and over 3,000 lbs. She worked on her masterpiece for 8 years from 1958 to 1966. The sculptural nature of her paintings and the very minimal color palette, shows that she studied South Asian Art, especially the stone sculptures of Gandhara. This crossroads area of land in the Indus Valley, now Northern Pakistan and Eastern Afganistan saw many influences including Vedic, Greek and Buddhist Culture.
Henrietta Shore was born in Toronto in 1880. Inspired to follow the path of an artist she found herself in New York where she studied at Art Students League with William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri and fellow student Georgia O’Keeffe.
I first saw her work in the Santa Cruz Downtown Post Office. These 6 murals are agricultural depictions of life on the California Coast.
Henrietta Shore exhibited her artwork with O’Keefe in New York and befriended Photographer Edward Weston in California. She also travelled to Mexico where she painted portraits of Jose Clemente Orozco and Jean Charlot. She worked in a modernist style that focused more on the idea of the painting rather than representing it traditionally.