Artist Profile

Llyn Foulkes

b. 1934

Llyn Foulkes was born in Yakima, Washington, in 1934. Out of high school, he enlisted in the army and worked with the medical corps in Germany. Upon discharge from the service, he moved to Los Angeles where he attended the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles from 1957 to 1959. Soon after leaving Chouinard, Foulkes began showing at the Ferus Gallery, where his first one-man show was held in 1961. He began his artistic career as an assemblage artist. Although his body of work has never been attributed to any one particular art movement, he has been associated with abstract expressionist, pop art, assemblage, and collage artists of his time.

In the late 1960s, Foulkes became well known for his landscape paintings, which incorporated vintage postcards and landscape photography. In the late 1970s to the mid-1980s, Foulkes began painting large-scale portraits that incorporated collage elements, as seen in the piece That Old Black Magic from 1985.



Works in Our Collection

Llyn Foulkes
American Dream
Oil and acrylic on wood, 1984
69 1/2 x 62 3/4 inches
Gift of Jerrold and Sandy Canter

Llyn Foulkes
But I Thought Art Was Special (Mickey & Me)
Mixed media, 1995
42 x 31-1/2 x 2-1/4 inches
Gift of Kati Breckenridge, Ph.D.

Llyn Foulkes
That Old Black Magic
Mixed media on board, 1985
67 x 57 inches
Gift of Ruth and Murray Gribin

Llyn Foulkes
Art to Art
Mixed media, 1983
58 1/2 x 57 inches
Gift of Kati Breckenridge, Ph.D.

Llyn Foulkes
The Suspension
Mixed media on canvas, 1973-74
57 x 44 inches
Gift of Ruth and Murray Gribin

Llyn Foulkes
Sleeping Rock
Oil and acrylic on canvas, 1969
108 x 72 inches
Gift of Mrs. Kristen Moore

Llyn Foulkes
Oil on canvas, 1964
65 x 108 inches
Gift of F. Elliot Leonard and Roger Litz

Llyn Foulkes
Oil and collage on wood and masonite, 1961
51 x 73 inches
Gift of F. Elliot Leonard and Roger Litz