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Larry Poons

Born 1937, Tokyo, Japan.

Larry Poons studied music at the New England Conservatory, Boston from 1955-57 and the Boston School of Fine Arts before moving to New York in 1958. His early work was about transcribing musical themes into visual geometric designs, employing colour to create optical effects and after images. The apparent simplicity of the design belies the rigorous and methodical system by which the basic motif was distributed across the field on a hidden grid to create a rhythm of repeats and intervals. He was counted among the Lyrical Abstractionists in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

In the late 1960s he abandoned this 'Op Art' style in favour of a much freer use of colour and texture which characterises his current work.