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Edward Clark

American Painter

Born: May 6, 1926 - New Orleans, Louisiana

"...art is not subject to political games, its importance elevates it above any racial difference. All men of talent, of noble spirit, can make it."

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Ed Clark is an American Color Field painter whose style was shaped by the years he spent in Paris in the early 1950s. As an African-American who had been raised in the segregated South, he found Paris tolerant, and the atmosphere encouraging. While there, he developed a sophisticated abstract style that was markedly influenced by the tachist painter Nicolas de Stael. His early work is remembered for his "push-broom technique," which encouraged his full physical involvement in painting. He is also noted for the monumental scale of his work, and the fact that he is one of the first painters to have used shaped canvases.

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