John Little (1907-1984) was born in Sanford, Alabama. He left home when only 14 to study art in Buffalo, NY, at the Fine Arts Academy. In 1933, Little enrolled at the Art Students League studying under George Grosz. Four years later, at the age of 30, he began studies with Hans Hofmann, both in New York and Provincetown. This marked his move towards abstraction and his serious engagement as a painter. After service in the Navy during WWII Little returned to New York, moving into Hofmann's 8th Street Studio where his neighbors were Pollock and Krasner. This was a period of great experimentation influenced by Surrealist automatism, Picasso and Hofmann.