Larry Poons

  • Portrait of Larry Poons
    © Larry Poons - Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech - Photo: Jason Mandella
  • , Centaur, 2020
    Acrylic on canvas
    139.7 x 247.7 cm
    55 x 97 1/2 in

Larry Poons has been at the forefront of Abstract American painting since the beginning of his career in the 1960s. Having moved to New York in 1959, Poons became known for his Op-Art paintings in 1962, with his monochrome spatial and chromatic experiments. In 1967, Poons abandoned these structural paintings and began a new epoch of ‘drip paintings’, in which lozenges of paint in varying colours are poured from above onto a vertical canvas, creating monumental and energetically charged and textured paintings, recalling the work of Willen de Kooning and Jackson Pollock. Larry Poons was born in 1937 in Tokyo, Japan and currently lives and works in New York City.