Sam Gilliam cause of death

Sam Gilliam, a Washington artist who helped redefine abstract painting by liberating canvas from its traditional framework and shaking it loose in lavish, paint-spattered folds cascading from ceilings, stairwells and other architectural elements, died June 25 at his home in the District. He was 88.

Sam Gilliam cause of death

Sam Gilliam, born on November 30, 1933, was a color field painter and lyrical abstractionist artist.

Gilliam was associated with the Washington Color School and Contemporary art movement, a group of Washington, D.C. area artists that developed a form of abstract art from color field painting in the 1950s and 1960s.

His works have also been described as belonging to abstract expressionism and lyrical abstraction.

He works on stretched, draped and wrapped canvas, and adds sculptural 3D elements. He was recognized as the first artist to introduce the idea of a draped, painted canvas hanging without stretcher bars around 1965.

This was a major contribution to the Color Field School and has had a lasting impact on the contemporary art canon.

What was Sam Gilliam’s net worth?

According to sources, Sam Gilliam had an estimated net worth of $1 Million.

Who was Sam Gilliam’s wife?

Sam Gilliam married Annie Gawlak after divorcing his first wife, Dorothy Butler in the 1980s.

Sam Gilliam and Annie Gawlak

Annie Gawlak was the owner of the former G Fine Art Gallery in Washington D.C.

Sam Gilliam first wife, Dorothy Gilliam (Photograph by Michael A. McCoy)

Sam Gilliam and Annie Gawlak got married in 2018 after a partnership of 35-years.

Did Sam Gilliam have kids?

Sam Gilliam had five daughters.

Dorothy Butler Gilliam poses with her former husband, artist, Sam Gilliam, and her three children. (Courtesy photo)

Sam Gilliam had three daughters; Stephanie Gilliam, Melissa Gilliam, and Leah Gilliam with his first wife, Dorothy Butler

What Sam Gilliam Cause of death?

Sam Gilliam‘s cause of death was kidney disease, said Adriana Elgarresta, public relations director of New York’s Pace Gallery, which represents his work.

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