The Abstract Expressionist artist Albert J. Newbill – Al for short, has had his work widely exhibited. Most notably at Leo Castelli Gallery in NY in 1959 and the Toledo Art Museum. He studied and exhibited with Hans Hoffman. He was also a well respected art critic and teacher.
Paul Kemerling, the former Executive Director of the Mansfield Art Center, writes, “Newbill was a part of the (Abstract Expressionist) movement, although it didn't take long for him to follow his own path”.
"I threw off the yoke of abstract expressionism fairly early and went my own way," Newbill said. "I was among the second generation of abstract expressionists. My work had elements of it, but I think it had a little more control. I was somewhat aloof from the whole thing."
Kemerling continues, “For 15 years, Newbill lived and painted in empty inner-city lofts and spent his evenings at fabled New York pubs like the Eighth Street Club and the Cedar Street Tavern, which catered to the city's cultural revolutionaries.” His friends included Pollock, de Kooning and Franz Kline. A major yet underrated talent, his works have been shown throughout the US.