JULES OLITSKY was born in Snovsk, Russian, March 27, 1922 and died February 4, 2007 at aged 84. He lived and worked in New Hampshire and Florida.
Olitski was a painter who was instrumental in the development of the Color Field school. Like his contemporaries Frankenthaler and Louis, Olitski stained the surface of the canvas in a technique that reacted against the gestural brushwork of Abstract Expressionism, and with its focus on material and surface, eliminated the illusion of depth. Though extremely important in the early development of Color Field, he spent most of his career out of the limelight.