John Levee is an abstract expressionist painter. John Levee was born in Los Angeles, California in the year 1924. His father was a well known movie agent named M.C. Levee. His father worked with some of the leading actors of the time including Mary Pickford.
The artist attended U.C.L.A. where he earned an master’s degree in philosophy.
Levee served in the World War 2. After the war the artist stayed briefly in Montparnasse, France and then moved to Paris. The artist has lived in France in 1949. Levee attended the Academy Julian.
The artist was inspired by many of the big name Abstract Expressionist painters we know and love including Robert Motherwell and Jackson Pollack.
John Levee is part of the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum and the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City. He is also part of the Center George Pompidou located in Paris, France.
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The artist works in many mediums including acrylics, gouache, oils, and ink.
For a period of time Levee changed his loose abstract style to hard edged realism.
I enjoy the artist’s looser abstract style. For hard edged abstraction for me it gets no better than Shirley Jaffe. Levee turned to hard edged abstraction for a short period of time before returning to his looser style. Both Shirley Jaffe and John Levee are American abstract painters that have spent many decades living in Paris.