This wonderful abstract oil painting was done by Chinese / American artist Walasse Ting (1929-2010). Born in China in 1929, Walasse Ting is a self-taught painter, sculptor, graphic artist and poet who began his life as an artist at a young age by painting on sidewalks. He left China in 1949 and settled for a six-year period in Paris beginning in 1952, where he became acquainted with Karel Appel, Asger Jorn, and Pierre Alechinsky who were members of the European avant-garde group called CoBrA (coined from the cities Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam). Ting arrived in New York in 1958 at the height of the Abstract Expressionist period. While in New York he became closely associated with artists such as Sam Francis and Joan Mitchell. Influences of American action painting, Arte Informale and the CoBrA group can be seen in Ting’s works, which are a unique blend of bright colors infused by an appreciation for the natural world. The vivid colors and drip technique used in this painting became a signature style of Ting’s, which he would continue to use in the backgrounds of his figurative paintings. The explosive composition and colors are similar to Willem de Kooning’s style. The spontaneity of action, with its frenzy of drips of paint, evokes Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings. Ting’s works are in major museums worldwide, including the Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art and Tate Modern.
Oil on canvas, signed, titled, and dated on verso “Little Flowers Under Moonlight, Ting, 68,” and housed in a modernist metal frame. Dimensions: 30” h x 40” actual; 31 ⅛” h x 41 ⅛” w, framed.
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