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Daniel Graffin (1938-1996)

Daniel Graffin

Two reasons for me to write a blog on Graffin. the first….. i like his almost minimalistic work, mostly executed in deep blue they always impress me.

Daniel Graffin was an artist.

Daniel Graffin was an artist. Daniel Graffin was born in 1938 and died in 1996. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Bao NaiyongRoyston EcroydErnesto FontecillaChristian Dumoulin, and Robert Bibler.

Daniel Graffin’s creative work was primarily inspired by the 1950s. It can be said that the 1950s were dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised dramatic brushstrokes and expressed ideas about organic nature, spirituality and the sublime. Much of the focus was on the formal techniques of painting, and ideas of action painting were unified with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strict nature of the Soviet bloc. Influential artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, though necessary revisionism of this period has highlighted the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

The secon reason is that Wim Crouwel designed the publication for the Daniel Graffin exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum in 1977. Impressive in the deep blue color he used one side for the promotion of the exhibition (poster side) and the other for the artist information. This poster is now available at

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