Herbert Creecy (b. in 1939 in Norfolk, VA – d. in 2003 in Barnesville, GA) is considered the most renowned artist of Abstract Expressionism in the South. Creecy grew up in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, GA. He attended the University of Alabama and graduated from the Atlanta School of Art. The French Government awarded him with a fellowship in 1964, where he studied with the famous English artist and printmaker Stanley William Hayter, founder of the influential Atelier 17 studio established in Montparnasse in 1927.

Surrounded by his art, he developed his many unorthodox techniques and creative motifs. One of these techniques utilized an air-brush to spray wet paint with a rhythmic effect. Another  was his print making skills with polyurethane transfers, a skill where he applies the polymer on the canvas and uses a squeegee to press the liquid into the top layer of paint. Once dried, it accomplishes new found dimensions of space and random contours upon the canvas.

In Barnesville, GA, Creecy maintained his home and studio. Creecy exhibited his work in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, London and Italy. His art resides in many museums and institutions ranging from the Whitney Museum, Corcoran, Norton, State of Georgia Art Collection, High Museum, Telfair, the University of Tennessee, and Clark Atlanta University. Corporate institutions have also collected his work, including the National Bank of Georgia, Portman Properties, the Marriot Marquis in Atlanta, the Waverly Hotel and the McDonald’s Corporation.

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