Ernest Briggs || Four Decades of Abstract Expressionism – Artwire …

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Ernest Briggs, a second generation Abstract Expressionist painter, was known for his strong, lyrical brushstrokes, use of color, and sometimes geometric composition. He was born in San Diego, CA in 1923. He spent his childhood and youth in California, and then served in the Army during WWII. He studied painting at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco under the faculty assembled by Douglas MacAgy, including Mark Rothko, Ad Reinhardt and Clyfford Still, who all had a strong influence on Briggs. In 1953, he moved to New York. He had several one man and group exhibitions at the Stable Gallery. Early in 1954, viewing Briggs’ first one man show at the gallery, poet Frank O’Hara said in Art in America, “From the contrast between the surface bravura and the half-seen abstract shapes, a surprising intimac y arises

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