Leslie Laskey (more here) was born in 1921. Lives and works in St. Louis. Laskey makes subtle investigative abstracts. The paint is thin, restrained—-yet the work gives the appearance of being the product of serious-minded, deep thought. One senses a certain conflict between the pleasure of the material and the will to make pure, immaterial painting. His work makes me nostalgic for the mythological painter-figure I wanted to become back when I was 20—-my imagination fueled by the tougher and more romantic version of Modern Painters magazine and loads of books on 60s Bay Area painters.
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