Fine Art

Robert Natkin

American, 1930-2010


c. 1975
Acrylic on paper
30 x 22 inches (76 x 56 cm)
Framed: 34 1/2 x 26 3/4 inches (87.6 x 68 cm)
Signed lower center: Natkin


Jeffrey Cook (artist’s assistant)
Private Collection, New York

Robert Natkin was an American born abstract painter whose work is associated with Abstract expressionism, Color field painting, and Lyrical Abstraction. He was known for his lyrical abstract forms, applied in vivid, Post-Impressionist-inspired colors.

Described as the "author of a dappled infinite," Robert Natkin (1930-2010) created some of the most innovative color abstractions of the late-twentieth century. Populated by stripes, dots, grids, and an array of free-floating forms, his light-filled canvases are sensuous, playful, and visually complex, representing "a unique formal universe of unparalleled beauty."

He was born in Chicago, November 7, 1930, and from the early 1950s created paintings which are represented in the permanent collections of major museums as well as in corporate and private collections. His work has been exhibited in leading galleries in the U.S., Europe and Japan.