Lawrence Fine Art

Name : Peter Busa
Biography :

Peter Busa (1914-1985) was a 1st generation New York School painter (although he spent long periods in East Hampton and Provincetown) who showed at the seminal Ninth Street Exhibition in 1951 along with both De Koonings, Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, Philip Guston, Hans Hofmann, Franz Kline and others.

Busa studied at the Art Students League with Thomas Hart Benton and in the same class as Jackson Pollock.  He was good friends with Gorky and particularly close to Stuart Davis.  Like many of his fellow artists of the time, he participated in the WPA mural program before make a decisive break to abstract around and after WWII.

His early work was Surrealist in nature, influenced by his work with William Baziotes.  Later,his Indian Space paintings grew out of his work in Cubism and attracgtion to primitive forms and spacial orientation of American Indian art.

His work can be found in the collections of the Whitney, the Met, the Guggenheim, the Walker Art Center, the MFA Boston and others.


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