Jay DeFeo was an important member of the Artist Community in San Francisco around 1950′s. She was easily influenced by Abstract Expressions. She was known for utilizing unusual things as the mediums of her brilliant works. She produced sculptures, art, collage, photographs and paintings with unlikely materials.
DeFeo was mostly known for the painting you see here. It is entitled “The Rose”. She began this in 1958 and in the next 8 years she completed it. The painting has white and gray paints. They are layered onto the campus and they are so thick that it has extra ordinary weight. The paints are 8 inches thick in some places. She called it a “Marriage” between sculpture and conventional painting.
The painting measures up to 7.5 x 11 Feet and has the weight of 2,300 pounds. It was in the studio of DeFeo and later it was taken out using a crane. It is currently in Whitney Museum for an exhibition titled “Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective which is open now. The artwork is both massive and demanding attention for the sense of abstractness.