American painter, and . He studied (1946–50) in New York and in Skowhegan, ME. In the early 1950s he was influenced by the work of and produced swiftly executed pictures of trees as well as various works based on . In the mid 1950s he painted spare, brightly coloured works of , interiors and figures and produced simplified images in . These early works emphasised the flatness of the while remaining , and this insistence on placed him outside the contemporary mainstream, in which and chance were key qualities. He developed his style in the works of ordinary people from the late 1950s. This resolution of the demands of and representation looked forward to the of the following decade. In the 1960s Katz's works became more realistic and were executed in a smoother, more impersonal style. Though concentrating on figures in interiors and in urban environments, he also painted a number of landscape and flower pieces. After experimenting with the technique in the late 1950s, from the mid 1960s he made a number of free-standing cut-out figure works painted on wood or . Similarly, after early forays in the 1950s, Katz concentrated more on printmaking in the 1960s, making very simplified and . After the 1960s he continued producing similar figure as well as prints. He achieved great public prominence in the 1980s, and among the works of that decade were a number of multi- paintings.
I. Sandler: Alex Katz (New York, 1979)
N. P. Maravell: Alex Katz: The Complete Prints (New York and London, 1983)
Alex Katz (exh. cat. by R. Marshall and R. Rosenblum, New York, Whitney, 1986)