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Ted Diamond’s art came from a creative mind trapped between despair and ecstasy. His often frenzied, improvisational, but sophisticated compositions have a profound association with poetry and jazz– the visual equivalent of the voices of Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs and the music of Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. He was of their time in the 1960’s, and his work reflects the free- form expressionism of the era. These truly original, brilliantly colored gouaches on paper deserve the recognition they are now receiving.
– Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator Emeritus Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
J. Theodore “Ted” Diamond (American 1938-1986) was diagnosed with schizophrenia early on and spent much of his life in the public psychiatric ward of Boston General Hospital; he would eventually take his own life in 1986 at the age of forty-seven. Although he studied at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Diamond never developed a professional career, spending much of his life obsessed by personal demons.
After his passing, a few hundred paintings that had been mounted in notebooks and kept in Diamond’s room were found by a dear friend who kept them safe for over 30 years. In 2018 The Good Luck Gallery was honored to showcase Ted Diamond’s paintings in the first ever solo exhibition of his work.