Allan D'Arcangelo

Biography

Allan D’Archangelo was an American painter and print maker, from Buffalo, New York. He is best known for his paintings of highways and road signs. D’Arcangelo’s notable reputation as a pop artist was established in 1973 with his series of paintings of American highways and signs. He taught at prestigious institutions such as Cornell, Brooklyn College, and the School of Visual Arts during the 1960’s.

Many of his works pictured deep perspectival vistas in a simplified, flat plane, the view as seen from the driver’s seat as one zooms along the seemingly never-ending American highway in most any state. Next came a series “Barriers,” in which cropped, abstracted imagery of road barriers were superimposed over the one-point perspectival highway vistas.