William Pettet

American, b. 1942, Whittier, California
William Pettet


William Pettet’s art is associated with a subset of Abstract Expressionism entitled lyrical or painterly abstraction characterized by large canvases of fluid color applied in broad strokes to create the illusion of deep space within a flat surface. Pettet laid his canvases on a flat surface and applied paint in layers, allowing some layers to soak into the canvas or forcing other colors around the surface using an air gun. The result, in the case of Untitled (1968), is a pearlescent finish of golden yellow and orange reminiscent of Baroque skies.



William Pettet, Untitled


Title: Untitled
Date: 1968
Medium: acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 92 x 170.5 inches
Accession Number: P69.1.6
Location: North Concourse









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