Joel Le Bow: (60 years of discovery)
During his earliest “paint mad” years in New York, the 1950’s through the early 1960’s,
Le Bow was captivated by abstract expressionism. His work was widely exhibited throughout the city and the Northeast. An important influence was to know, and to be a student of Franz Kline. He learned to love paint itself, and its bold, kinetic energy… each brush stoke having its own life and movement.
Knowing Benton Spruance made him aware of the power of the human figure used in an archetypal manner. Combining love of the kinetic as well as a need to involve the element of drawing in his images, a style developed that joined the abstract impact of paint itself, with possibly recognizable elements of nature, animal and human figures...