(1900 - 1983)
Adja Yunkers was active/lived in New York / Sweden. Adja Yunkers is known for color woodcut, lithography, abstract painting, teaching.
Biography from the Archives of askART
Adja Yunkers, of Latvian birth, studied in Leningrad, Paris, Berlin, and London and, after a period of travel, established a worshop in Stockholm. In 1946 he came to the United States where, three years later, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Biography from Annex Galleries
His color woodblocks have been exhibited throughout this country - most recently at the Borgenicht Gallery, New York (1953). The five panel polyptych from this exhibition is now on tour - to be shown in 25 major American museums. He is represented in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan, Boston, Brooklyn, and Philadelphia Museums, the New York Public Library, the National and Corcoran Galleries and many other instituions here and abroad.
Information included with the sale of a print of Adja Yunkers. The source is Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art". Courtesy, Kevin Pyle, Bloomfield, New Jersey.
A major twentieth century abstract painter and printmaker, Adja Yunkers
studied art in Leningrad, Berlin, Paris and London. His first
solo exhibition took place in Hamburg in 1921. For a period of
fourteen years, Yunkers lived and worked in Paris. At the
outbreak of World War II (1939), he moved to Stockholm, Sweden, where
he edited and published the arts magazines, ARS and Creation.
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Adja Yunkers settled permanently in the United States in
1947. During the following years important exhibitions of his
woodcuts, lithographs and paintings were held at the Smithsonian
Institute, the Corcoran Gallery, the Art Institute of Chicago and the
Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The prints of Adja Yunkers are today included in the following
collections: The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Hamburg
Kunsthalle, the Stockholm National Gallery, the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam,
the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the
Corcoran Museum, Harvard University and the Museum of Modern Art, New
Before 1960, the majority of Yunkers's graphic art was in the
medium of the color woodcut. During the 1950's decade, he
established himself at the forefront of American woodcut
creation, along with Louis Schanker and Seong Moy.
Concentrating on large compositions with complex color printings,
Yunkers introduced painterly conceptions in his woodcuts, including the
added devices of brushwork. Beginning in 1960, however, the artist
began experimenting with these concerns in another medium --
lithography. Working at the now famous Tamarind Lithography Workshop in
Los Angeles, Yunkers created two of his finest series of lithographs
during this year, Salt (five lithographs) and Skies of Venice (ten lithographs).
Textural qualities and lightness of form became Yunkers's primary
objectives and during this period he worked closely with the Tamarind
master printer, Bohuslav Horak, to achieve these challenging effects.
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