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Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists

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List of famous Abstract expressionism artists, with images, bios, and information about their notable works. All the greatest artists associated with the Abstract expressionism movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter or sculptor. These notable Abstract expressionism period artists are organized by popularity, so the best artists are at the top of the list. If you think the best Abstract expressionism artist isn't as high as they should be then be sure to give them an upvote.

List ranges from Jackson Pollock to Jasper Johns, plus much more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the most famous Abstract expressionism artists?" and "Who are the best Abstract expressionism artists?"

Almost every well-known or influential figure in this movement is listed below. You can use the artists in this list to create a new list, re-rank it to fit your opinion, then share it on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networks you belong to. (78 items)


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    Jackson Pollock
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    Paul Jackson Pollock, known as Jackson Pollock, was an influential American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was well known for his unique style of drip painting. During his lifetime, Pollock enjoyed considerable fame and notoriety, a major artist of his generation.more

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    • Artworks: No. 5, 1948, Untitled, Bird, Stenographic Figure, + more
    • Birthplace: Cody, Grant Village, Wyoming, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Abstract expressionism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Mark Rothko
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    Mark Rothko was an American painter of Russian Jewish descent. He is generally identified as an Abstract Expressionist. With Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, he is one of the most famous postwar American artists.more

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    • Artworks: Green and Maroon, Ochre and Red on Red, Orange and Red on Red, Green and Tangerine on Red, No. 10, + more
    • Birthplace: Daugavpils, Latvia
    • Associated periods or movements: Color Field, Abstract expressionism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Jacques Rosas Added by: JacquesRosas

    Living Abstract Expressionist and founder of legendary Shop Studios
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    • Artworks: Street Art, Oils on canvass from Life
    • Birthplace: Stockton, CA
    • Associated periods or movements: Contempary Art
    • Nationality: American, Mexican and Seedish Decent
    • Art Forms: Oils on canvass
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    Franz Kline was an American painter born in Pennsylvania. He is mainly associated with the abstract expressionist movement of the 1940s and 1950s. Kline, along with other action painters like Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell and Lee Krasner, as well as other poets, dancers, and ...more

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    • Artworks: Le Gros, Chief, Painting Number 2, Untitled, Lehigh V Span, + more
    • Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Abstract expressionism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Clyfford Still
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    Clyfford Still was an American painter, and one of the leading figures in the first generation of Abstract Expressionists, who developed a new, powerful approach to painting in the years immediately following World War II. Still has been credited with laying the groundwork for the movement, as his shift ...more

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    • Artworks: 1944-G, 1950-K-No. 1, Untitled, 1951-T No. 3, Untitled, + more
    • Birthplace: Grandin, North Dakota, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Color Field, Abstract expressionism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Robert Motherwell
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    Robert Motherwell was an American painter, printmaker, and editor. He was one of the youngest of the New York School, which also included Philip Guston, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko.more

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    • Artworks: Untitled (Figuration), Untitled (Ultramarine), Open No. 11 (In Raw Sienna with Gray), Personage, with Yellow Ochre and White, + more
    • Birthplace: Aberdeen, Washington, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Color Field, Abstract expressionism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking
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    Joan Mitchell
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    Joan Mitchell was a "second generation" abstract expressionist painter and printmaker. She was an essential member of the American Abstract expressionist movement, even though much of her career took place in France. Along with Lee Krasner, Grace Hartigan, Helen Frankenthaler and Sonia Gechtoff, she was ...more

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    • Artworks: Ladybug, Untitled, No Rain, Untitled, Untitled, + more
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Abstract expressionism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking
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    Robert Rauschenberg did not originally set out to become an artist. Born in Texas in the 1920s, Rauschenberg grew up in a fairly strict and frugal Christian household. As a teenager, he hoped to become a minister. However, he eventually switched paths. Rauschenberg attended the University of Texas and ...more

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    • Artworks: Lincoln, Dam, Whale, Moon Museum, Untitled (Glossy Black Painting), + more
    • Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Mixed media, Abstract expressionism, Neo-Dada, Postmodernism, Pop art
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Hans Hofmann was a German-born American abstract expressionist painter.more

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    • Artworks: City Horizon, Fruit Bowl with Apples, Table--Version II, Kaleidos, Cathedral, + more
    • Birthplace: Weißenburg in Bayern, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Abstract expressionism
    • Nationality: United States of America, Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Kazuo Nakamura
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    Kazuo Nakamura was a Japanese-Canadian painter and sculptor and a founding member of the Toronto-based Painters Eleven group in the 1950s.more

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    • Artworks: Autumn, Summer Storm, August Morning, White Landscape, Inner Structure, + more
    • Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
    • Associated periods or movements: Abstract expressionism
    • Nationality: Canada
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
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    Jasper Johns
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    Jasper Johns is an American painter and printmaker.more

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    • Artworks: Flag, White Flag, 0 though 9, 1961, Numbers in Color, + more
    • Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Mixed media, Abstract expressionism, Neo-Dada, Pop art
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking
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    Frank Stella
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    Frank Stella is an American painter and printmaker, noted for his work in the areas of minimalism and post-painterly abstraction. Stella continues to live and work in New York.more

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    • Artworks: Giufà, la luna, i ladri e le guardie, 4X, Firuzabad, + more
    • Birthplace: Malden, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Hard-edge painting, Geometric abstraction, Contemporary art, Color Field, Monochrome painting, + more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking
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    Richard Diebenkorn
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    Although his abstract work had earned him attention, it was his switch to representational art that truly established Diebenkorn as an artist. Woman in Profile and Girl with Plant proved that Diebenkorn could combine strong lines and color choices with representational subjects. Diebenkorn would remain ...more

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    • Artworks: Ocean Park #122, Ocean Park No. 38, Ocean Park No. 67, Ocean Park #19, Girl with Plant, + more
    • Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Bay Area Figurative Movement, Color Field, Abstract expressionism, Lyrical abstraction
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Barnett Newman
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    Barnett Newman was an American artist. He is seen as one of the major figures in abstract expressionism and one of the foremost of the color field painters. His paintings are existential in tone and content, explicitly composed with the intention of communicating a sense of locality, presence, and ...more

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    • Artworks: Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue I, Vir Heroicus Sublimis, Onement, I, + more
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Hard-edge painting, Color Field, Abstract expressionism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Mark Tobey
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    Mark George Tobey was an American painter. His densely structured compositions, inspired by Asian calligraphy, resemble Abstract expressionism, although the motives for his compositions differ philosophically from most Abstract Expressionist painters. His work was widely recognized throughout the United ...more

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    • Artworks: Edge of August, Cubist Vertical, Written over the Plains
    • Birthplace: Centerville, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Abstract expressionism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Helen Frankenthaler was an American abstract expressionist painter. She was a major contributor to the history of postwar American painting. Having exhibited her work for over six decades, she spanned several generations of abstract painters while continuing to produce vital and ever-changing new work.more

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    • Artworks: Interior Landscape, Jacob's Ladder, Chairman of the Board
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Color Field, Abstract expressionism, Post-painterly abstraction, Lyrical abstraction
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Taro Yamamoto

    Taro Yamamoto belonged to the New York School Abstract Expressionist artists whose artistic innovation by the 1950s had been recognized across the Atlantic, including Paris. New York School Abstract Expressionism, represented by Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline and others became a leading ...more

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    • Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Abstract expressionism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Lee Krasner

    Lee Krasner appeared in Jackson Pollock film.more

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    • Artworks: The Springs, Gaea, Untitled
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Abstract expressionism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Jules Olitski was an American abstract painter, printmaker, and sculptor.more

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    • Artworks: Susie Wiles, Darkness Spread-8, Fanny Dimes, Untitled #9, Bathsheba Dream One, + more
    • Birthplace: Shchors, Ukraine
    • Associated periods or movements: Color Field, Abstract expressionism, Lyrical abstraction
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking
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    Elaine de Kooning appeared in Jackson Pollock film.more

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    • Artworks: John F. Kennedy
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Abstract expressionism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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