Untitled abstraction (petroglyphs) by Don Paulson

Untitled abstraction (petroglyphs) by Don Paulson

Untitled abstraction (petroglyphs)

Don Paulson

Title

Untitled abstraction (petroglyphs)

 
Artist

Don Paulson

  1933 - 2006 (biography)
Year
1959  
Technique
oil, gouache, and ink on paper 
Image Size
8 x 14 3/8" image and paper size 
Signature
pigment signed as "Dawn" Paulson, in image, lower right 
Edition Size
1 of 1 unique 
Annotations
pigment dated beneath signature 
Reference
 
Paper
"crinkled" brown wove 
State
 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
21857 
Price
$850.00 
Description

Seattle artist and early LGBTQ activist Donald (Dawn) Paulson did this gouache in 1959, before he went to New York and became involved in Pop Art and Andy Warhol's "The Factory", returning to Seattle in 1966.

The abstracted composition evokes the feeling of a cave wall with painted pictographs by ancient civilizations which have been protected from the elements and future mankind for centuries. Traces of creative human existence preserved for history.

Don Paulson often went by the name "Dawn" (such as this painting) among his friends and contemporaries, and, occasionally, "Whitey Boom" in connection with his paintings.