Untitled Abstraction by Byron Goto

Untitled Abstraction by Byron Goto

Untitled Abstraction

Byron Goto

Title

Untitled Abstraction

 
Artist

Byron Goto

  1919 - 2012 (biography)
Year
c. 1955  
Technique
watercolor and ink drawing 
Image Size
13 7/8 x 16 7/8" image and paper 
Signature
signed "Byron" in image in pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
1 of 1 unique 
Annotations
 
Reference
 
Paper
cream wove simile vellum 
State
 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
16386 
Price
$750.00 
Description

Hawaiian-born artist Byron Goto did this watercolor/ink drawing in 1963. Using India ink on a thin, absorbent Japanese paper he draws a surreal linear structure which he colors with washes. As with many AbEx drawings, there are spots of oil and drips within the composition. It is signed and dated in pencil in the lower edge.

Goto commented about his work after graduating with an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1946 and moving to Europe, where he studied with Lhote and Leger in Paris and Switzerlan in the late 1940s:

"While working in Chicago, my work developed into a style evolved from an abstraction of nature influenced by the New York Abstract School of de Kooning [a close friend] and Pollack; geometric forms cut into the picture in a countering effect. I exhibited with the Momentum and the Chicago Artist Shows at the Art Institute. Winning the Martin B. Kahn award in the Institute's prestigious American Show was my first real break."

This work was from the collection of Acaemy Award winner photographer Lou Stoumen (1917-1991).

 

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