John Little American, 1907-1984


John Little was born in 1907 in Alabama and as a teenager attended the Buffalo Fine Arts academy. Soon after he moved to New York and eventually began classes at the Art Students League. In 1937 he started working with Hans Hofmann in both New York and Provincetown, which pushed him towards abstraction. In 1946 Little was given his first one-man show at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco with a follow-up solo show at Betty Parsons in 1948. In 1951 he moved to East Hampton, where he maintained a closed friendship with Jackson Pollock, and the two had a joint exhibition at Guild Hall in 1955. Little continued to actively exhibit until his death in 1984, including a retrospective at the Guild Hall Museum in 1982, two years before his passing. John Little’s work is included in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guild Hall Museum, Ball State University Museum of Art and Galerie Beyeler, among others.