Independent Gallery

Allan D’Arcangelo

Allan D’Arcangelo b.Buffalo, New York 1930-1998 New York

Allan D’Arcangelo first studied writing at the New School for Social Research in New York and then painting at the Mexico City College from 1957 until 1958. His first one-man exhibition was held in Mexico City.

His earliest Pop paintings such Marilyn and Madonna and Child had a political edge with social satire flowing through them.

He is best known for his highway images which he began in 1963.  Typically rendered in areas of flat colour, the one point perspective two lane black top recedes into the far distance. The heraldry of the highway, gas station logos and directional signage, float in the background.

However, as these evolved they moved away from Pop Art into an abstraction, which resembled stylised traffic barriers repeated at dynamic angles.