Sam Gilliam  is a Color Field Painter and Lyrical Abstractionist artist. Gilliam, an African American, is associated with the Washington Color School and is broadly considered a Color field painter. His works have also been described as belonging to Abstract Expressionism and Lyrical Abstraction. He works on stretched, draped, and wrapped canvas, and adds sculptural 3D elements. He is recognized as the first artist to introduce the idea of a painted canvas hanging without stretcher bars c.1965, a major contribution to the Color Field School.

Sam Gilliam
Sam Gilliam
Tupelo, 1933

Past Exhibitions

The Music of Color. Sam Gilliam, 1967–1973

Kunstmuseum Basel
09/06/2018 — 30/09/2018

Solo Shows


Hard-Edge Paintings 1963-1966, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, USA


Sam Gilliam: Recent Drapes, Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, D.C., USA
Close to Trees, Katzen Arts Center, American University, Washington, D.C., USA


Sam Gilliam: New Paintings, Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, D.C., USA

Group Shows


Not New Now, Marrakech Biennale 6, Marrakech, Morocco


Surface Tension, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, USA


Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, USA

Assembly Required: Selections from the Permanent Collection, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY


The Constant Artist, Katzen Arts Center, American University, Washington D.C, USA


Contacts & Details

City of birth: Tupelo Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1933 Lives in: Washington D.C., USA