Allan D'Arcangelo (American, 1930-1998)
Allan D’Arcangelo was an American Pop artist known for his graphic paintings and prints of highways and road signs. Showing a penchant for vibrant colors and sharp geometric shapes, D’Arcangelo composed his imagery with a restrained yet exacting manner. “My most profound experiences of landscape were looking through the windshield,” he once explained. Born on June 16, 1930 in Buffalo, NY, he studied at the University of Buffalo before moving to New York. After serving in the United States army he used his GI Bill to study painting in Mexico City. In 1959, D’Arcangelo returned to New York where he rejected the Abstract Expressionist style he had previously painted in. The sharp edges of his paintings and focus on American subjects often recalled the Precisionist works of Charles Sheeler. By the early 1970s, D’Arcangelo had established himself as a seminal part of the New York art scene alongside figures such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. In the following decades, the artist became less prolific but continued pushing his work into new directions. He died on December 17, 1998 in New York, NY. Today, D’Arcangelo’s works are held in such collections as The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.