Ilya Bolotowsky 1907 - 1981 American, born Russia Abstract Expressionism/ New York School Painters
Ilya Bolotowsky came to the East End of Long Island in 1965. He had a home in Southampton until his death in 1981 and taught at the Southampton College. A colorful and charismatic figure who followed his own muse, Bolotowsky participated in the Public Works Art Project and the Works Progress Administration, as did so many of his contemporaries. He became a member of the Ten, a group of expressionist artists that included Mark Rothko, Adolph Gottlieb and Louis Schanker. Influenced by both Miro and Malevich, Bolotowsky combined biomorphic and geometic elements in his early paintings of the 1930s. But his goal was to eliminate any reference to nature or illusionistic space from his art. During the 1940s, inspired in part by Mondrian, he achieved a purity of both form and color through orderly, grid-based composition. Bolotowsky was a founding member of American Abstract Artists and a peripatetic teacher.
Abstract painter Ilya Bolotowsky came to the East End of Long Island in 1965 and maintained a home in Southampton until his death in 1981.