Bold and dynamic abstract piece by Manhattan's East Village and  Oakland beat artist Arthur Monroe (American, 1935). Signed by the artist "MONROE" in the lower right corner. Presented in a gold frame without glass. Image size: 36"H x 40"W. We have
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Arthur Monroe
Floral Burst Abstract Expressionist by Arthur Monroe

circa 1960s

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Bold and dynamic abstract piece by Manhattan's East Village and Oakland beat artist Arthur Monroe (American, 1935). Signed by the artist "MONROE" in the lower right corner. Presented in a gold frame without glass. Image size: 36"H x 40"W. We have authenticated the painting with the artist. Arthur Monroe is a widely respected artist, educator, and community activist. A native New Yorker, he participated in the East Villages Abstract Expressionist art scene during the 1950s. He later moved to San Francisco, where he communed with the Beat generation of writers, poets and painters in North Beach. Mr. Monroe also served as the chief registrar for the Oakland Museum of California for over 30 years. Monroe studied art and first encountered abstract impressionism (and its links to jazz) in New York, where he studied at Pratt Institute, the Brooklyn Museum Art School and City College. The East Village at the time was a “caldron of creativity stirred by poets, painters, sculptors and jazz musicians.” Monroe, whose studio was close to that of Willem De Kooning, became close friends with the famous jazz musician Charlie Parker. His love for jazz has never diminished. Deciding that he needed to look at less traditional forms of visual art, and determined “to escape American racism and discrimination”, Monroe traveled to Mexico (and later to South America), where he became immersed in the rich spirituality and iconography of the ancient cultures: the Maya of the Yucatán Peninsula, the Zapotec and Mixtec of Oaxaca, and the Olmec of eastern Mexico. From Mexico, Monroe returned to live in California, first in Big Sur and then in San Francisco, where he quickly became part of the legendary Beat Era of North Beach in the late 1950s. Monroe’s circle of Beat Era friends included painters Michael McCracken and Michael Bowen. The three painters shared a huge loft-studio relatively near Pier 23. In 1965, Monroe held an exhibition of his work at the Posada Ajijic, at the invitation of the inn’s manager Peter Spencer. In August 1965, Spencer announced that he would host a series of four solo shows in the hotel, each lasting two weeks, starting with Charles Littler (of the University of Arizona Art Department) and followed by Dick Poole, Arthur Monroe and John Thompson. As a painter, Monroe has always remained an abstract expressionist, preferring to let his ideas emerge gradually on the canvas to having any pre-determined drawing guide what he wanted to portray. Some works have taken up to three years to complete as he continually seeks to convey new “visual truths”. His work was included in a group show at the Cabrillo College Gallery in 1969 to mark Black Culture Week. He has also exhibited at the Richmond Art Center and the Museum of the African Diaspora.

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  • Artist
    Arthur Monroe (1935, American)
  • Creation Year
    circa 1960s
  • Medium
  • Period
  • Dimensions
    H 37.5 in. x W 41.25 in. x D 1.25 in.H 95.25 cm x W 104.78 cm x D 3.18 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Soquel, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU5424373191
  • Seller Reference Number
    DBH5580
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