Jay Defeo (American, 1929-1989)
Untitled (Florance), 1952
Jay Defeo was an influential San Francisco painter associated with the Beat generation artists of the Bay Area. She learned of ideas surrounding Abstract Expressionism from New York by her professors at the University of California at Berkeley.
DeFeo worked primarily with a palette of gray, black, and white, often scraping and adding paint repeatedly to create multiple layers.