Harold Krisel

1920 - 1995

Harold Krisel was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1920. He studied architecture in Chicago at the New Bauhaus from 1946-1949 on the G.I. Bill after he was discharged from the army where he served from 1942-1945. Just 26 at the time he had been interested in art since studying in New York in the 1930s with Carl Holty and Harry Holtzman. He became a member of American Abstract Artists in 1946, and retained this membership for the duration of his life. In 1942 he married Rose Breuer and the couple had three daughters.Krisel completed his graduate studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1952. He then worked as an architect at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill until 1966, when he joined the faculty of the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan where he taught architecture until his retirement in 1981. In 1955 he met his primary patron, Roger Milliken, today Milliken and Co. is one of the largest textile manufacturers in the world. Krisel was commissioned to design a 26,000 square foot aeration pond for Millikens headquarters. Once retired, Krisel pursued his life long dream of dedicating himself full time to the fine arts, where he worked on commissioned sculpture, fountains, and graphics in his studio in Bridgehampton, New York where he designed his own house. There he befriended artists Ibram lassaw and Perle Fine and he showed at the Elaine Benson Gallery. A committed family man, Krisel remained distant from the East End arts scene. In 1995 he died of Alzheimer's disease.Krisel is represented in the collections of numerous museums including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Guggenheim Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Houston Museum of Art, British Museum in England, Bibliotheque National in Paris, Philadelphia Museum of Art. He has also completed numerous public commissions such as a mural for the Greenville/Spartanburg Airport in South Carolina.

Harold Krisel (1920 - 1995)
Untitled, 1960
oil on canvas
20 x 32 inches
#7138
Harold Krisel (1920 - 1995)
Untitled, 1956
oil on wood
26 1/2 x 51 1/2 inches
#11704
Harold Krisel (1920 - 1995)
Untitled, 1960
oil on canvas
20 x 32 inches
#7138
Harold Krisel (1920 - 1995)
Untitled, 1956
oil on wood
26 1/2 x 51 1/2 inches
#11704
Harold Krisel (1920 - 1995)
Large Grid, 1972
silkscreen print on paper
16 1/2 x 27 inches
#11230
Harold Krisel (1920 - 1995)
Curves and Stripes, 1971
silkscreen print on paper
19 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches
#11222
Harold Krisel (1920 - 1995)
Linear Black, 1969
silkscreen print on paper
21 x 14 inches
#11219
Harold Krisel (1920 - 1995)
Enclosed Loop, 1977
silkscreen print on paper
13 x 22 inches
#11217
Harold Krisel (1920 - 1995)
Slivers, 1973
silkscreen print on paper
15 3/4 x 19 1/4 inches
#11197
Harold Krisel (1920 - 1995)
Serial Forms, 1968
silkscreen print on paper
13 x 19 1/2 inches
#11191
Harold Krisel (1920 - 1995)
Untitled, 1960
oil on canvas
28 x 42 inches
#7152
Harold Krisel (1920 - 1995)
Untitled, 1968
oil on canvas
30 x 48 inches
#7145
Harold Krisel (1920 - 1995)
Untitled, 1959
oil on canvas
18 x 40 inches
#7150
Harold Krisel (1920 - 1995)
Edge Form, 1973
silkscreen print on paper
19 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches
#11223
Harold Krisel (1920 - 1995)
Fluid Forms, 1972
silkscreen print on paper
18 1/2 x 24 3/4 inches
#11231
Harold Krisel (1920 - 1995)
Dotted Form, 1970
silkscreen print on paper
14 x 18 inches
#11220
Harold Krisel (1920 - 1995)
Surf Form, 1971
silkscreen print on paper
20 1/2 x 15 inches
#11218
Harold Krisel (1920 - 1995)
Split Blue, 1975
silkscreen print on paper
20 1/2 x 16 inches
#11195
Harold Krisel (1920 - 1995)
Ribbon with Dots, 1971
silkscreen print on paper
15 x 18 1/2 inches
#11192