Larry Poons (b. 1937 in Tokyo, Japan) studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and at the Art Students League of New York. He rose to prominence in the 1960's with paintings of circles and ovals on solid backgrounds. In 1963, he painted Orange Crush and had his first solo exhibition, and by 1965, his work had been included in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. In the early 1970's, Poons began experimenting with various techniques including the pouring and throwing of paint.