(American, born 1929)
Biomorphic Abstraction, 1985
Oil on Canvas
10 x 14 Inches
Signed Lower Right, "Hurtig" and Dated, "85"
A cabinet-size, oil abstract comprising a variety of polychrome, biomorphic elements contrasted against a background of gunmetal and dove gray.
Martin Hurtig first studied at the Institute of Design (often referred to as the New Bauhaus) at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, where he received his bachelor of science degree in 1952. In 1955, he moved to Paris to study at the Atelier 17, the printmaking center founded by Stanley William Hayter in 1927. Returning to the United States, he received his master’s degree, also from the Institute of Design in Chicago. He also taught at Michigan State University prior to coming to UICC in 1962. For many years now, Hurtig has been Professor Emeritus at Chicago's School of Design.
Hurtig has exhibited widely and with success nationwide including at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts 1958, 1960; 11th & 16th National Print Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum, 1958 & 1968; Ecole Speciale, Architecture, Paris, 1969 (solo); 6th American Artists Traveling Show, Paris & 12 etc., 1969-70; the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Honolulu Academy of Arts, 1971 (purchase award), among others. Over the course of a long and successful career, Hurtig has been the recipient of numerous medals, prizes and juried awards and has also fulfilled several large-scale public mural commissions.
Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975: 400 Years of Artists in America, Peter Hastings Falk, Sound View Press 1999, Vol. 2, p. 1670; et al.
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