Conrad Marca-Relli – Steel Grey [1959-62]
Image by Gandalf’s Gallery
Conrad Marca-Relli (Boston, Massachusetts, June 5, 1913 – Parma, Emilia Romagna, Italy, August 29, 2000) was an American artist who belonged to the early generation of New York School Abstract Expressionist artists whose artistic innovation by the 1950s had been recognised across the Atlantic, including Paris. New York School Abstract Expressionism, represented by Jackson Pollock, Willem De Kooning, Franz Kline, Marca-Relli and others became a leading art movement of the post-war era. Throughout his career Marca-Relli created monumental-scale collages. He combined oil painting and collage, employing intense colours, broken surfaces and expressionistic spattering. He also experimented with metal and vinyl materials. Over the years the collages developed an abstract simplicity, evidenced by black or sombre colours and rectangular shapes isolated against a neutral backdrop.
[Oil and collage on canvas, 152.7 x 134.9 cm]