Larry Poons is an abstract painter, originally born in Tokyo, Japan. From 1955-1957, he studied music at the New England Conservatory of Music, and later enrolled at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Poons is best known for his lyrical colour paintings, which were first exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum in New York in the mid-1960s. He taught at the Art Students League of New York from 1966-1970, and returned to teach there in 1997. His paintings are currently in the collections of many major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; LACMA, Los Angeles; the Chicago Art Institute; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Tate, London. During the last thirty years his art has been included in hundreds of solo and group exhibitions, including many contemporary exhibitions at major museums and galleries around the world.