David Budd 1927 - 1991 American Abstract Expressionism/ New York School Painters
After studying at the Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida, in the late 1940s—he was preparing for a career in interior design or architecture—David Budd was captivated by the example of Jackson Pollock, whom he observed painting in a short film by Hans Namuth. The documentary, shot outside Pollock's East Hampton studio in November 1950, featured Pollock painting on a sheet of glass, under which Namuth lay filming the action. The experience compelled Budd to pursue painting as his primary career. Budd supported himself in the early 1950s by working for the Florida-based Christiani Brothers Circus, through which he met his wife, Corcaita Christiani, an equestrian ballerina. Upon moving to New York in 1954, he studied briefly at the Art Students League, before establishing his career among the Abstract Expressionist circle. He had solo shows at the Betty Parsons Gallery in 1958 and 1960, and he exhibited at the popular Signa Gallery, in East Hampton, an artist-run venture founded in 1957 by Alfonso Ossorio, Elizabeth Parker, and John Little that featured contemporary American and European painting. As his marriage failed toward the end of the 1950s and Budd moved to Paris. Here his gestural mode of color abstraction evolved into a new, densely textured and largely monochromatic idiom. In Paris, Budd developed a close relationship with Galerie Stadler, where he had solo shows in 1962, 1964, and 1969. Budd returned to New York in the 1970s and exhibited primarily with the Tibor de Nagy and Max Hutchinson galleries; he taught at the School of Visual Arts.
After moving to New York City in 1954, David Budd became part of the Abstract Expressionist circle and exhibited at the Signa Gallery in East Hampton in the late 1950s