John Hultberg (1922-2005)

John Hultberg (1922-2005). Girl in Window, 1960. Gouache on illustration board measures 22 x 30 inches; 29.25 x 37.5 inches framed. Chestnut wood frame with beloved edge. Excellent condition with no damage or conservation. Signed and daed lower left. Gallery labels en verso. Originally offered by Martha Jackson Gallery, NYC.


John Hultberg was born in Berkeley, California in 1922. He studied at the California School of Fine Arts with Clay Spohn, Richard Diebenkorn, David Park, Clyfford Still and Mark Rothko.

Hultberg made his mark with dramatic, often dark, landscapes and interiors interspersed with recognizable imagery and grounded by an obvious horizon line. His paintings and prints take viewers through a vortex into compartmentalized apocalyptic and alien lands (often inhabited by demons or otherworldly beings), where occasional uncluttered expanses create windows into the unknown.

Exhibited: WMAA, 1955-63; Martha Jackson Gal., NYC, 1955-72 (solos); Corcoran Gal. biennials, 1955-65 (6 times; with gold med. in 1955); ICA Gal., London, Eng., 1956 (solo); Gal. Dragon, Paris, 1956-71 (solos); Oakland Mus, Calif, 1960; PAFA, 1960-66 (4 times); NAD, 1972 (Benjamin Altman landscape prize). Other awards: Am. Fedn. Arts-Ford Found. grant, 1964.

Work: MMA; MoMA; NMAA; Guggenheim Mus.; Albright-Knox Mus., Buffalo, NY; Stedlijk Mus., Eindhoven; Portland (Me.) Mus. A.; Hirshhorn Mus. Commissions: paintings of Newport News Shipyard, for Fortune mag., 1957.