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Walter Egel Kuhlman

Walter Egel Kuhlman

Walter Kuhlman (1918-2009) was a core member of the San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism and active in the Bay Area for more than six decades.

From 1947 to 1950, Walter Kuhlman studied at the California School of Fine Art (now known as the San Francisco Art Institute). He then spent a year in Paris, where he participated in some of the first international exhibitions to feature this new, distinctly American art. Kuhlman then returned to the Bay Area, producing sophisticated abstract works through the 1950s.

At the start of the 1960’s, Walter Kuhlman turned to painting figurative forms and subjects. Kuhlman’s figurative works defy easy definition: They are communicative yet mysterious, powerful yet ephemeral, detached yet intensely personal.