Happy Birthday Philip Guston!! Born in Canada 1913, Philip Guston was an American painter, considered an Abstract Expressionist from the New York School. His family moved to California at an early age and he was a classmate and friend of Jackson Pollock. He only attended art school a short time so was largely self-taught. He worked with a muralist in Mexico and then went to New York to join Pollock. Guston participated in several mural projects there before settling into painting canvases. He worked with the opposing ideas of naturalism and abstraction in an attempt to meld the two. Guston taught at various universities including New York University and Pratt Institute. The image below is titled The Studio.