(1917 - 1991)
Alton Pickens was active/lived in New York. Alton Pickens is known for surreal-satirical genre, portrait and figure painting, teaching.
Biography Alton Pickens
Alton Pickens was born in Seattle, Washington in 1917. His adolescence was spent under the shadow of the great Depression, rise of Hitler and Spanish Civil War. With his schoolmates he watched ships being loaded with scrap-iron for Japan and debated the threat of Japanese or Bolshevik invasion of our West Coast.
At Reed College in Portland, Oregon, which he attended, there were no art courses, but his interest in art was given strong encouragement by Lloyd Reynolds, his professor of English. Pickens went on a scholarship to the Portland Art Museum School but after a few months he was drawn to New York where, he says, he learned from observing artists at work and frequenting the museums. Earning a livelihood at odd jobs, he conf
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