John Little


John  Little Biography

American (1907-1984)

Little is best known for gestural works filled with boldly explosive color that reflect the influences of his teacher Hans Hofmann and for his involvement in the Abstract Expressionist movement in East Hampton, where he moved in 1951 at the urging of his friends Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner. In East Hampton Little congregated with Pollock, Krasner, and the other artists who were the leading innovators in the New York School. Indeed, Little and Pollock exhibited together at Guild Hall in East Hampton in 1955.

In 1957 Little helped found the Signa Gallery along with Alfonso Ossorio. It was an important outpost in East Hampton for the growing New York art scene and host to many influential exhibitions

Little actively exhibited during his career. He had solo exhibitions at, among others, Betty Parsons Gallery in 1948, Bertha Schaefer Gallery in 1957 and 1958, Worth Ryder Gallery in 1963, A.M. Sachs Gallery in 1971 and a retrospective at the Guild Hall Museum in 1982

Little was the subject of a 2021 retrospective held at his old residence of Duck Creek Farm in East Hampton.