Jack Roth

1927 - 2004

Born in Brockway, Pennsylvania in 1927 Jack Roth enrolled at Pennsylvania State University in 1943 but his tenure there was interrupted by his service in WWII. After the war Roth landed in California where he lived for a while in Big Sur. In 1949 he ventured to San Francisco where he was first introduced to art at the California School of Fine Arts where he studied painting under Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, Richard Diebenkorn, and Elmer Bixchoff. He then returned to Pennsylvania where he completed his Bachelors degree in Chemistry in 1951. In need of a way to support his family, Roth decided to teach art after he received a MFA at the State University of Iowa. After sending out hundreds of employment applications with little success, Roth chose to return to academia. In 1954 he unsuccessfully applied for the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in the field of photography. In the same year as his work was exhibited in the Younger American Painters show at the Guggenheim Museum of Art, alongside Jackson Pollack, William de Kooning, and Robert Motherwell, which was the one of the first major debuts of the Abstract Expressionist movement to be shown at an American museum. His next move, which Roth refers to his “southern” period, brought him to Duke University where he both taught classes and received a Doctorate in Mathematics. While writing his doctoral thesis, he continued to create art and in 1963 William Lieberman, curator of drawing at the Museum of Modern Art recommended to the periodical Art in America that they name Roth the new talent graphic artist. Also at this time, MoMA purchased several works from Roth for the museum’s permanent collection. In need for money Roth turned back to his degree where he worked, albeit for short periods of time at the University of Kentucky at Lexington and the University of Southern Florida before moving back north to Montclair, New Jersey. He was hired as the chairman of the Mathematics department at Upsala College. His employment there lasted for five years before as he was fired for “making waves”. He found a new position at the recently opened Ramapo College in 1971 teaching both Mathematics and advanced painting. After he received tenure and his finances were secure, his artistic production thrived as he received the first Thomases Award for contributions at the school and was given a studio to work in. The space allowed him to work with larger canvases and become what he saw as an Abstract Expressionist Colorfield painter. In 1978 the acclaimed gallery, Knoedler & Co. in New York City began their representation of Jack Roth’s work. At this time Knoedler & Co. represented Alexander Calder, Adolf Gottlieb, Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, Frank Stella, David Smith, Nancy Graves and Michael Goldberg. In 1979 he was rewarded with the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship, and in the following two decades, Roth continued to balance his two loves, teaching and creating art.

Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
Untitld, 1980
acrylic on paper
30 x 22 inches
signed and dated at lower right
#12783
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
Untitled, 1981
acrylic on paper
30 x 22 inches
signed and dated lower right
#12782
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
Untitled, 1983
acrylic on paper
44 x 30 1/2 inches
signed and dated at lower left
#12781
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
Jack Roth
c. 1979, photographer unknown
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
Untitled, 1960
oil on canvas
36 x 36 inches
signed and dated at lower right
#9505
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
Untitled, 1976
acrylic on canvas
40 x 90 inches
signed and dated verso
#9265
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
Cornering, 1978
acrylic on canvas
55 x 42 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#10616
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
Untitled, 1982
Acrylic on paper
22 1/2 x 30 1/2 inches
Signed and dated at lower right
#9969
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
Untitled, 1982
Acrylic on paper
22 1/2 x 30 1/2 inches
Signed and dated at lower right
#9967
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
New Synthesis #55, 1981
acrylic on canvas
48 x 70 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#8275
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
Parametric Pressure, 1980
acrylic on canvas
67 x 80 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#7875
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
Untitled, 1978
acrylic on canvas
55 x 42 inches
signed and dated at lower left
#7682
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
New Synthesis #43, 1981
acrylic on canvas
67 x 44 inches
signed and dated verso
#7680
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
New Synthesis #10, 1981
acrylic on canvas
92 x 66 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#8598
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
Dance to the Music of Spring, Montclair #25, 1981
acrylic on canvas
40 x 70 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#7688
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
Magritte's Window, 1960s
oil and collage on panel
9 x 9 inches
signed at lower left, estate stamped verso
#9190
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
Untitled, 1961
oil on canvas
51 1/2 x 40 inches
signed and dated at lower center
#8610
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
Untitled, 1968
acrylic on canvas
62 1/2 x 56 3/4 inches
signed and dated verso
#8591
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
Ibid-9, 1982
acrylic on canvas
69 x 90 inches
signed and dated at lower center
#8589
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
Untitled "P", 1961
oil on canvas
72 x 53 1/2 inches
signed and dated at lower center
#8579
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
Untitled, 1978
acrylic on canvas
42 x 32 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#7706
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
Ibid D-8, 1982
acrylic on canvas
55 x 55 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#7725
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
Untitled, 1981
acrylic on canvas
70 x 70 inches
signed and dated verso
#8276
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
Thesis X, 1981
acrylic on canvas
84 x 84 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#8277
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
Untitled, 1964
india ink on paper
14 x 11 inches
signed and dated at lower right
#8022
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
Con, 1963
india ink on paper
14 x 11 inches
signed and dated at lower right
#8018
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
Untitled, 1963
watercolor on paper
14 x 11 inches
signed and dated at lower right
#8014
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
Don't P on my Juan Gris, 1962
gouache, watercolor and ink on paper
14 x 11 inches
signed and dated at lower right
#7987
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
Untitled, 1962
ink, watercolor and collage on paper
14 x 11 inches
signed and dated at lower right
#7986
Jack Roth (1927 - 2004)
Untitled, 1981
acrylic on paper
22 x 30 inches
signed and dated at lower left
#10466