Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts


Art and Design

First Advisor

Watkins, Ben. P


This thesis is presented in conjunction with an exhibition of non-objective paintings. The exhibition, held in the Allen Gallery from July 15 to August 4, 1961, was a selection of paintings from those produced during graduate study at Southern Illinois University. It is the purpose of this thesis to illuminate, in some respects, the paintings of the artist.
To gain insight into the totality of the work of any particular artist, it is helpful to look into the influences and concepts behind the paintings. In the case of autonomous painting, the conscious ideas of an artist cannot completely explain the content of his painting. Art relies as much upon the subconscious, the feeling area, as it does the conscious concepts of the world and art. The environmental influences of the artist, his education and training, his ideas at different period, not to mention the influences of a more intrinsic nature, have all played their significant part in shaping his painting of today.
To expose, in any entirety, all the aspects pertinent to the development of an artist is presumably impossible; consequently, this thesis is concerned with the broad phases which are closer to an objective relationship to painting.

Note: The art in this thesis are scans of the color slides on pages 19-30. Each art scan is from the page that precedes it.




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