Charles Seliger (1926-2009). American Artist
Charles Seliger was one of the most significant of the first-generation Abstract Expressionists, whose poetic explorations, increasingly complex and refined, carried him through a career that lasted more than 60 years. He conjured up his own private worlds on canvases, and later Masonite boards. Seliger layered skeins of fine, interlaced lines and overlapping luminous forms that suggested microscopic views of human tissue or plant specimens, land masses seen from an airplane or undiscovered worlds exploding into being.
He started painting as a child and, after discovering a copy of Amédée Ozenfant’s “Foundations of Modern Art,” experimented with the styles of Aubrey Beardsley, Cubism and Persian miniatures. In 1945 Charles Seliger held his first one-man show at Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century Gallery.
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery Honors the Work of Charles Seliger
January 9-February 27, 2010
He wrote: “I want to apostrophize micro-reality. I want to tear the skin from life, and, peering closely, paint what I see. I want my brain to become a magnifying lens for the infinite minutiae forming reality. Growth is the poetry of all art.”
Charles Seliger worked steadily and slowly, producing no more than 10 paintings a year but always showing and always represented by major dealers.