Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Sam Gilliam

Sam Gilliam (born November 30, 1933) is an African-American painter associated with the Washington Color School movement.

Gilliam’s hallmark “drape paintings,” which consist of stained fabric or paper resembling tie-dye, are regarded as a major step in the development of American art. 

A pillar of the Washington, D.C., modern and contemporary art communities, internationally acclaimed Gilliam has been testing the boundaries of color, form, texture, and the canvas itself over the course of his long, productive career.

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 draped, painted canvas hanging without stretcher bars around 1965.

More of Sam Gilliam‘s work can be found at and other galleries around the Internet.

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