NILSSON_More-Fowl-Beasts

Gladys Nilsson

More Fowl Beasts, 1970

American, 1940

In More Fowl Beasts Gladys Nilsson creates a world densely populated by playfully grotesque figures who parade across her painting. Abstracted and exaggerated, these human/animal hybrid characters perform a parody of human interaction. Fowl beasts, which are by implication also “foul beasts,” participate in a humorously suggestive erotic drama.

Nilsson, who is known as an Imagist, first gained recognition as a member of the “Hairy Who,” a group of six irreverent, iconoclastic young artists whose three shows at the Hyde Park Art Center 1966–1968 were followed by invitations to exhibit at the Corcoran Museum in Washington D.C. and the San Francisco Art Institute. This painting dates from that early period of her work.

The artist’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of Art, New York, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

Buehler Title 1 Original Purchase, 1971