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 John Altoon  (1925 - 1969)

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Lived/Active: New York/California      Known for: mod figure, abstraction, illustration

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BIOGRAPHY for John Altoon
1925 (Los Angeles, California)
1969 (Los Angeles, California)

New York/California

Photo by Leon Izmirlian

Often Known For
mod figure, abstraction, illustration

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With energetic abstract expression, an aggressive personality, and reckless life style, John Altoon was a major presence in the 1950 and 60s art scene of Los Angeles that included Robert Irwin, Ed Kienholz and Ed Moses. Artistically he became known for his oil paintings and his influence as an art instructor.

In the magazine "Art in America," February 1999, he was referred to, relative to that era, as "the baddest of the bad boys" [84], one who rode motorcycles at high speeds, drove cars (showing 500 of 4638 characters).

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