It’s Day 228 and I have had weird gas or heartburn or something all day. It’s very distracting…hopefully taking some fiber will help! Now I just feel bloated. Argh! Despite all that, I had a great time painting this piece today. After doing Edward Dugmore yesterday, I decided to do his colleague, Ernest Briggs today. So join me in honoring Mr. Briggs!
Ernest Briggs (1923–1984) was an active participant in the later wave of Abstract Expressionism, the revolution in abstract painting that secured New York City’s position as the art capital of the world in the post-World War II period.
Ernest Briggs was born 1923 in San Diego, CA. He went on to serve in the U.S. Navy during World
War II (1943–1946).
Briggs studied painting at the Schaeffer School of Design, San Francisco, CA (1946–47) and later at The California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco (1947-1951), where he thrived under the tutelage of such ab-ex greats as Clyfford Still, Ad Reinhardt, David Park, and Mark Rothko. According to New York Times critic Grace Glueck, Briggs was largely impacted by the “painterly rhetoric” of his teacher Clyfford Still during and after his time at CSFA.
Considered a member of the second generation of Abstract Expressionists, along with Giorgio Cavallon, Briggs left California for New York in 1953 where he began exhibiting at the Stable Gallery. During
the 1950s, he was able to make a name for himself through his explosive and dynamic style as part of the New York avant-garde.
Briggs brought to the East Coast a fresh, lively aesthetic, reflecting what has been termed a “radical West Coast style” that he had continued to develop since his days at
the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco. He participated in several Whitney Museum Annuals and in 1956 was included in the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition “12 Americans” curated by Dorothy Miller.
He taught painting and sculpture at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn from 1961 until the time of his death at age 61, and is survived by his wife Anne Arnold, who is also an artist.
The dynamism and at some points discord in Briggs’ work is best suggested by the following quote from his obituary, published on June 14, 1984 in the New York Times:
- “Sometimes Mr. Briggs’s emphasis was on strong, lyrical color and thick brush strokes that called attention to the act of painting. Sometimes, as in his exhibition earlier this year at the Gruenebaum Gallery in New York, his work was more linear and geometric, and the expressive element was dependent upon a strong, almost translucent light within grays and blues.”
Biography is from wikipedia.
I hope you enjoy my piece today. It was nice and refreshing in a way to go back to doing a couple of abstract pieces again. BUT I want to express that it is NOT in anyway simpler…just different to do these pieces. I’ll see you tomorrow on Day 229!