The painter and printmaker Walter Kuhlman is closely associated with the San Francisco Bay Area, where he spent most of his life and career. Kuhlman was one of the pioneers within the distinctive San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism, which emerged in the late 1940s and flourished through the 1950s. Starting about 1960, Kuhlman’s work evolved toward an expressive figurative style. Painting was Kuhlman’s passion, but he also created many fine works on paper, including abstract expressionist prints and figurative monotypes.
The artist’s paintings and prints can be found in many public collections, including: British Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Crocker Art Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Library of Congress, Menil Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Oakland Museum of California, Phillips Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Worcester Museum of Art.