Edvins Strautmanis 1933–1992

Edvins Strautmanis was born in Latvia in 1933. Emigrating with his family to Chicago in 1950, Strautmanis studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and worked in the graphics department of Playboy magazine. He began exhibiting in Chicago in 1965, before moving to New York in 1970. Over the years Strautmanis showed at LoGiudice Gallery, Allan Stone Gallery and Stephen Rosenberg Gallery. His work is included in many notable collections, including The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Herbert F Johnson Museum of Cornell University, the Phoenix Museum of Art, the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, FL, and the Kunsthaus in Zurich, Switzerland. Strautmanis has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Art in America, and Artforum. He died at 58 in New York in 1992.

A disciple of the grand action painting first consecrated by Franz Kline and Willem de Kooning in the 1950s, Edvins Strautmanis began developing his own larger-than-life works after moving to New York in 1970. While Strautmanis built on the foundation of Abstract Expressionism, he brought more body- conscious methods to that vocabulary, akin to the "perfomative" paintings of Gutai artists such as Kazuo Shiraga. Working on canvases that he laid on the ground, Strautmanis used enormous brushes and brooms to apply the grand sweeps of color and movement that are a constant in his best known works. Like the spin-paintings of Damien Hirst, which incorporate actual movement to produce their fluid surfaces, the paintings of Edvins Strautmanis appear as a clash of chemical energies in a state of great flux. Although the methods of application are violent and hasty, the often frothy acrylic surfaces of his paintings engulf like an ocean wave of vivid color. The artist called these sweeps of color “calligraphic strokes," structures for emotive power suspended in time and space.

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EDVINS STRAUTMANIS, Persian Garden | wright20.com

Edvins Strautmanis

Persian Garden

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $10,625
EDVINS STRAUTMANIS, Stones Blowing Again | wright20.com

Edvins Strautmanis

Stones Blowing Again

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $8,125
EDVINS STRAUTMANIS, Untitled | wright20.com

Edvins Strautmanis

Untitled

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $6,250
EDVINS STRAUTMANIS, Step to the Right | wright20.com

Edvins Strautmanis

Step to the Right

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $5,625
EDVINS STRAUTMANIS, One Time Only | wright20.com

Edvins Strautmanis

One Time Only

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $4,688
EDVINS STRAUTMANIS, Morning Shadows | wright20.com

Edvins Strautmanis

Morning Shadows

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $4,375
EDVINS STRAUTMANIS, Untitled | wright20.com

Edvins Strautmanis

Untitled

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $3,750
EDVINS STRAUTMANIS, Untitled | wright20.com

Edvins Strautmanis

Untitled

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $2,750
EDVINS STRAUTMANIS, Untitled | wright20.com

Edvins Strautmanis

Untitled

estimate: $600–800
result: $2,500
EDVINS STRAUTMANIS, Untitled | wright20.com

Edvins Strautmanis

Untitled

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $1,875
EDVINS STRAUTMANIS, Clam Walk | wright20.com

Edvins Strautmanis

Clam Walk

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $1,875
EDVINS STRAUTMANIS, Untitled (two works) | wright20.com

Edvins Strautmanis

Untitled (two works)

estimate: $1,200–1,800
result: $1,500
EDVINS STRAUTMANIS, Untitled | wright20.com

Edvins Strautmanis

Untitled

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $1,250
EDVINS STRAUTMANIS, Open Crossing | wright20.com

Edvins Strautmanis

Open Crossing

estimate: $600–800
result: $1,000
EDVINS STRAUTMANIS, Sudden Came the Sea | wright20.com

Edvins Strautmanis

Sudden Came the Sea

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $910
EDVINS STRAUTMANIS, Untitled | wright20.com

Edvins Strautmanis

Untitled

estimate: $800–1,000
result: $512
EDVINS STRAUTMANIS, Paintbrush | wright20.com

Edvins Strautmanis

Paintbrush

estimate: $400–600
EDVINS STRAUTMANIS, Sudden Came the Sea | wright20.com

Edvins Strautmanis

Sudden Came the Sea

estimate: $4,000–6,000
EDVINS STRAUTMANIS, Morning Shadows | wright20.com

Edvins Strautmanis

Morning Shadows

estimate: $3,000–5,000