Jay DeFeo
1929–1989

Introduction

Jay DeFeo (31 March 1929 – 11 November 1989) was an American visual artist who became celebrated in the 1950s as part of the spirited community of Beat artists, musicians, and poets in San Francisco. Best known for her monumental work The Rose, DeFeo produced courageously experimental works throughout her career, exhibiting what art critic Kenneth Baker called “fearlessness.”

Wikidata identifier

Q15522104

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Introduction

In the 1950s, DeFeo was allied with a group of Beat artists, poets, and musicians in San Francisco. She is best known for her monumental painting 'The Rose,' which she spent eight years making. She created a diverse range of work spanning four decades, and her unconventional approach to materials and physical process make her work difficult to categorize.

Country of birth

United States

Roles

Artist, painter, photographer, sculptor

ULAN identifier

500112022

Names

Jay DeFeo, Mary Joan DeFeo

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