Jules Olitski was a Russian-born American painter who consistently explored new materials and techniques in his painting throughout his career. Educated at art schools in both Paris and New York, his painting style expressed links with both Parisian Art Informel and American Abstract Expressionism. His experiments led him to use a variety of methods when applying paint, including brushes, sponges, mops, and rollers. Olitski taught at the CW Post Campus of Long Island University in New York from 1956 to 1963 and at Bennington College in Vermont from 1963 to 1967. His work is held by many major institutions, including the Chicago Art Institute; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC; Tate in London; and New York's Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, and Whitney Museum of American Art.