Lawrence Fine Art

Name : John Ferren
Biography :

1905-1970

Influenced by Hans Hoffman to become a painter, John Ferren spent his formative years in the artistic hothouse of Paris in the 1930s. There he participated in William Stanley Hayter's Atelier 17 where some of the greatest artists of the 20th century including Ernst, Miro and Duchamp conducted experimental workshops.  He was particularly close to Ernst and Breton. During this time he was represented by Gallerie Matisse.

Ferren's abstract paintings are considered his most notable works. He was one of the founders of the American Association of Abstract painters.  In the early 30s he practiced geometric abstraction, while later he won acclaim for his exubert abstract expressionist style. He exhibited frequently, including Matisse Gallerie, MOMA, PAFA, and the Corcoran, among others.

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