Nicholas Krushenick (American, 1929 – 1999)

Born in New York City in 1929, Krushenick served in World War II, then studied art on his return to home life. He attended the Art Students League of New York (1948–1950) and the Hans Hofmann School of Art (1950-1951). He began in a figurative style, then moved from one to another of several varieties of Abstract Expressionism. The soft brushwork he favored before the 1960s was abandoned for hard-edge black stripes that cut through jewel-like colors.  A formality and brilliance of color reminiscent of medieval Europe’s banners is apparent in his art. He melded Pop Art with Abstract before anyone else.

Krushenick began showing his work publicly in New York in 1957, at the age of 28. By 1962, he was shown at upscale galleries and, by the year 2000, his work was included in nearly every major avant-garde exhibition and part of major permanent collections throughout New York and the United States.

In his later years, Krushenick taught at the University of Maryland, College Park from 1977 to 1991. He died in New York on February 5, 1999, at age 69.

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