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Milton Wilson

American, 1923-2004

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Northwest artist

Oregon artist


Milton Wilson was one of the co-founders of the New Gallery for Contemporary Art which was open from 1959-1962 in Portland. It was important for the time because it dealt only with contemporary art. Wilson was influenced by action painters. His style was forceful, dynamic, creative, and sometimes had a decorative quality. He had little interest in landscape, but stated that "all paintings are still-lifes or landscapes." His early works were mainly still-lifes for which he used a cool palette. Later his paintings became more emotional and abstract, with an almost Mediterranean sensibility to color. He was a professor in the art department at Portland State University in 1974.

Artist biography reproduced with permission from the authors, Oregon Painters: the First Hundred Years (1859-1959), Ginny Allen and Jody Klevit.



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Student of: Louis Bunce (American, 1907-1983)

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