Lundy Siegriest, 60, Painter of ‘Abstract Expressionism,’ Dies

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Lundy Siegriest, the son of a famed painter who grew up to be a noted modern artist, has died of cancer at age 60.

A memorial gathering will be held in Oakland on Monday.

Siegriest, who died Wednesday, was the son of Louis Siegriest, who survives him at 86 and was one of the Oakland-based “Society of Six” post-Impressionists who pioneered modern art in Northern California in the 1920s.

Until 1968, the younger Siegriest painted in the style of what one critic called “bold abstract Expressionism.”


He then suffered severe injuries in an accidental fall and gave up painting for seven years. When he resumed his work in 1975, he abandoned abstractionism for brightly colored landscapes.

His works appeared in many one-man and group exhibitions, notably in the Whitney Museum in New York and in a traveling exhibition, “17 American Painters,” which opened at the Brussels World Fair in 1958.