Artist biography

William Baziotes 1912-1963

American Abstract Expressionist painter in a biomorphic style influenced by Surrealism. Born in Pittsburgh. Studied at the National Academy of Design in New York 1933-6 and afterwards worked 1936-40 on the WPA Federal Art Project, first as a teacher and later as an easel painter. Attracted to Surrealism in the early 1940s, became friendly with Matta and Motherwell, and experimented in 1942-3 with various types of automatism. First one-man exhibition at Art of This Century, New York, 1944. Collaborated with Motherwell, Hare, Rothko and later Newman in running the art school The Subjects of the Artist 1948-9. Attained about 1950-2 his characteristic style usually based on a few elemental animal or plant forms in an underwater setting. Died in New York.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.37