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Raymond Saunders (born 1934)
Knapp Communications Corporation (Los Angeles)
Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games, 1982
offset lithograph
92 x 61 cm (36 1/5 x 24 in.)
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

One of the challenges of illustrating sporting events has been to convey movement and speed in a still image. For Raymond Saunders, painter and collage artist who combines found objects on large canvases of urban scenes, the use of color is the key to his success.


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Biography of Raymond Saunders

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Raymond Saunders earned a B.F.A. from the Carnegie Institute of Technology. He later studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the University of Pennsylvania, and eventually received an M.F.A. from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1961. Saunders works in many media, including watercolor, painting, drawing, collage, and assemblage. His familiarity with many media often produces gestural, painterly collages with origins in the loose brush strokes and large color fields of the Abstract Expressionists; his works are also indebted to the playfulness of Pop art. Saunders's work has been collected by many prominent institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Saunders currently lives and works in California.

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