American Color Field Painter Sam Gilliam, dies at 88, Net worth and Family

American Color Field Painter Sam Gilliam, dies at 88, Net worth and Family

Sam Gilliam was a lyrical abstractionist and color field painter from the United States. In the 1950s and 1960s, a group of artists from the Washington, D.C., area known as the Washington Color School created a style of abstract art based on color field painting. Gilliam was a member of this group.

Painter Sam Gilliam, known for his brightly colored, draped canvases, has passed away at the age of 88.

Sam Gilliam, an abstract painter who was the first Black artist to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale in 1972, passed away on Saturday, June 25, at the age of 88, at his Washington, D.C., home.

According to his New York gallery Pace and his Los Angeles gallery David Kordansky Gallery, the cause was kidney failure. Annie Gawlak, a Washington, D.C., art dealer, and Gilliam’s three daughters, Stephanie Gilliam, Melissa Gilliam, and Leah Franklin Gilliam, are his surviving spouse and children.

Sam Gilliam Age, Family, Early Life

Sam Gilliam was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, in the United States on November 30, 1933 (88 years old). He holds an American nationality. His Zodiac sign is Sagittarius. He belongs to the black ethnicity.

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A seventh of Sam and Estery Gilliam’s eight children is the abstract painter Sam Gilliam. He was born not long after the Gilliams relocated to Louisville, Kentucky. While his mother took care of the huge family, his father was employed by the railway.

Sam Gilliam Wife, What about his children?

Sam Gilliam, an abstract painter, weds Annie Gawlak, an art dealer. Stephanie Gilliam, Melissa Gilliam, and Leah Franklin Gilliam are their three daughters.

Sam Gilliam’s Career, What was his profession?

Gilliam started to take big declarative actions in the 1960s as the political and social landscape of America started to burst in all directions. He created decisive imagery that was inspired by the unique circumstances of the African-American experience. At the time, “others claimed that abstract art was unrelated to black African existence.”

Artists like Gilliam continued to struggle with abstraction. His early works were enormous, plainly painted abstractions of melancholy figures, which finally led Gilliam to do away with the stretcher and eliminate the easel. During this time, Gilliam created some of his most well-known paintings on gigantic, color-stained canvases that he draped and suspended from the walls and ceilings.

In 1975, Gilliam departed from the draped canvases and began to draw inspiration from jazz greats like Miles Davis and John Coltrane. He began creating dramatic geometric collages that he dubbed “Black Paintings” because to their use of various hues of black in the paint. In the 1980s, Gilliam’s technique underwent another significant development, moving from improvised quilted paintings to quilted paintings resembling the African patchwork quilts of his youth. His Wild Goose Chase series shows how he switched between the two styles.

In his latter pieces, Gilliam incorporates metal forms into his textured canvases. He exhibited a group of tondo paintings at a solo exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, in 2022, just one month before he passed away. The abstract paintings, the first tondo-style pieces by Gilliam, are round canvases with beveled frames that are filled with color fields and strong lines that split them down the middle.

How much is Sam Gilliam Net worth?

It is impossible to estimate his net worth at the time of writing because no information about Sam Gilliam’s earnings has been made public.

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Which school and college did he go to?

From Louisville’s Central High School, Gilliam received his diploma. Following high school, Gilliam enrolled at the University of Louisville where, as a part of the second admitted class of black undergraduate students, he earned a B.A. in Fine Arts in 1955. He staged his first solo painting exhibition at the university the same year.

Gilliam served in the US Army from 1956 until 1958. In 1961, he went back to the University of Louisville and studied under Charles Crodel to earn his M.A. in painting. He became friends with painter Kenneth Victor Young while in college.

Is he available on any kind of social media platform?

Sam Gilliam is not active on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Physical Appearance of Sam Gilliam’s Height, Weight

HeightNot Available
Hair colorWhite
Eye colorBlack
WeightNot Available
Body typeFit
Sexual orientationStraight

Interesting facts about Sam Gilliam’s should be knows

Zodiac signSagittarius
Relationship StatusMarried