Brian Gross Fine Art is pleased to announce that the gallery now represents the estate of artist, Leo Valledor (1936–1989). Valledor was a Filipino-American painter born and raised in San Francisco, who was one of the pioneers of hard-edge painting of the 1960s, as a reaction to the painterly and gestural forms of the Abstract Expressionists of the previous decade. Focusing solely on pure abstraction and its exploration in color, light, composition, and gradually abstract space itself, Valledor created work that through its nature and structural purity, created a new and unusual relationship between structure and space.
Valledor attended the California School of Fine Arts (now San Francisco Art Institute) and became an early member of the Six Gallery, founded in San Francisco in 1955. One of the city’s first cooperative galleries, Six Gallery was a collaborative venture devoted to bridging the gaps between art, music, and poetry. As a musician and poet, Valledor had an ongoing quest in his work for harmonic color, the perfect structural kinship between music and color. Valledor exhibited at Six Gallery alongside Wally Hedrick, Jay DeFeo, Manuel Neri, and Peter Forakis, among others. Valledor then exhibited at Dilexi Gallery before moving to New York in 1961. In New York, Valledor became a founding member of the historic Park Place Gallery along with Mark diSuvero, Peter Forakis, Dean Fleming, Forrest “Frosty” Myers and Tamara Melcher. In these years, Valledor developed his minimalist style and was able to exhibit alongside likeminded artists like Sol LeWitt, Robert Smithson, and Donald Judd. Valledor returned to San Francisco in 1968, where he exhibited and taught until his death in 1989.
With a focus on the spatial aspects of color through illusionistic combinations of color, composition, and shaped and angled canvases, Valledor’s work was unique. Valledor’s interest in the dynamic life of the pictorial field, manifested in inner planes of pictorial color that simultaneously created harmony and tension with the outer shapes. With his fascination of the “notion of color in four dimensions” and his ability to “see color as space”, Valledor was able to translate this idea of color-space through his structural language. His work is represented in the collections of SFMOMA, de Young Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, Oakland Museum of California, Seattle Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Crocker Art Museum, Allentown Art Museum, Yale University Art Gallery and St. Louis Art Museum.
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