Shell Seeker, 2014
oil and acrylic on canvas
16 x 23 inches
Abstract Artists -The greatest Adventure in all the land!
This morning I came across the works of Katherine Bradford. I slapped myself for not knowing who she was. I must live in a silo with no windows. I must get out more. Perhaps take a trip to New York or maybe even walk down the street.
I am mumbling. This artist’s work intrigued me because it immediately took me back to Hawaii and I wished I had painted bathers. Perhaps I will.
Here is a wonderful article that goes on wildly and shares a lot. Read it. Hyperallergic “Bradford arrives at what he (Phillip Guston) went on to define as “the simultaneity of thinking and making.” You get the feeling she changed the painting from a benign view to a disconcerting one, and that the transformation was inevitable.”
“Look long enough at Bradford paintings and all kinds of incongruous details will rise to the surface of your consciousness.” ( Hey this (by)writer is good.)
Spend some time looking at her work. You will be glad you did.
“Today what we need most is the life of the imagination. Informal notebooks provide a space where you don’t feel intimidated, where you can experiment and vary your approach from page to page.”
I particularly loved this piece.
Katherine Bradford, “Fathers” (2016), acrylic on drop cloth, 70 x 96 inches (click to enlarge)
This is the painting that started my wonderful discovery of Katherine Bradford. It was enough to encourage me to search for more of her work. I love to surf art in the morning during my quiet time and I came across this article:
Adams and Ollman
209 SW 9th Avenue
I came across a link about Craig Bleitz and only saw a tiny image but the composition drew me in. So I went searching and was blown away…Incredible artist. Master craftsman and exquisite paintings.
I came across the works of this painter this morning and I loved the title of her blog. Anne–Laure Djaballah is a painter represented by Muse Gallery in Toronto, Canada.
What I liked: The color. The line. The enormous amount of work she has created. I love her name. You can google it and find her. Very interesting work. Bravo!
Sometimes I come across a new artist with whom I am not familiar with and I think.
“How is this possible? Have I been Hiding in a Box?” Discovering the works of Howard Hodgkin was such a moment.
Really a powerful and colorful abstract artist. ”
“Hodgkin consistently stressed the self-sufficiency of the marks and formal structure of his work. The oblique and even mystificatory imagery, however, also entailed a defence of intimate values in expressing the most fugitive, human and vulnerable sensations.” Article provided by Grove Art Online www.groveart.com
Sir Gordon Howard Eliot Hodgkin CH CBE is a British painter and printmaker. His work is most often associated with abstraction. Wikipedia
Address: Heart of Glass, Old Beecham’s Building, Water Street, St Helens, WA10 1PZ
St Helens is the next door neighbour of Liverpool and is easily reached by either car or train. Wow what a wonderful group supporting the arts.
“Dream” is a sculpture and a piece of public art by Jaume Plensa in Sutton, St Helens, Merseyside. Costing approximately £1.8m, it was funded through The Big Art Project in coordination with the Arts Council England, The Art Fund and Channel 4. Wikipedia
Today thank God I was not hiding in a box and was reminded to keep searching and learning about art. The miners for the Dream piece sought a forward-looking piece that would provide a beautiful, inspiring, contemplative space for generations to come.
In Jaume’s words, “Despite her wonderful vantage point and view, the girl’s eyes are closed, looking inward. This is in part my homage to the miners and their dream of light when underground.”
My Grammar is abstract. I just seem to relate to it better.
I like Franz Kline he seems to be more emotional and the paintings just leap off the wall. I like that. They are very gestural. Very muscular but refined. Wonderful brush work.
Franz Kline’s Black, White, and Gray
Notice how the dark edge at top holds the painting in and then the free strong brush strokes just simply work. Painting with the whole arm.
I love Barnett Newman and how he continued a specific style of painting. Wow to think that I was one when he painted the Onement I (1948). The painting’s title is an archaic derivation of the word “atonement,” meaning, “the state of being made into one.”
Newman used a vertical band to define the spatial structure of his work. This band, later dubbed a “zip,” became Newman’s signature mark.
Newman’s paintings were wonderful fields of color and were a break with the gestural abstraction of his peers. He Created ZIP- an approach that avoided painting’s conventional oppositions of figure and ground. He created an area or line of color he called a symbol, the “zip,” which might reach out and pull the viewer into the image.
Barnett Newman was an American artist. He is seen as one of the major figures in abstract expressionism and one of the foremost of the color field painters
I never knew before that he looked like a detective. I love his mustache.
I seem to stray all over the place. Like a lost dog sniffing my away along.
Nice article about Barnett Newman. The Art Story
“I hope that my painting has the impact of giving someone, as it did me, the feeling of his own totality, of his own separateness, of his own individuality.”
Newman shared the Abstract Expressionists‘ interests in myth and the primitive unconscious, but the huge fields of color and trademark “zips” in his pictures set him apart from the gestural abstraction of many of his peers. The response to his mature work, even from friends, was muted when he first exhibited it. It was not until later in his career that he began to receive acclaim, and he would subsequently become a touchstone for both Minimalists and a second generation of Color Field painters. Commenting on one of Newman’s exhibitions in 1959, criticThomas B. Hess wrote, “he changed in about a year’s time from an outcast or a crank into the father figure of two generations.”
Sometimes you come across a woman artist and you go “yeah!” good for her. She painted, she drew and she remained true to her art and her style.
“A leading figure in the feminist art movement of the 1960s, Nancy Spero explored female sexuality, suffering, and heroism, as well as the horrors of war, in gouache and ink works on paper. Spero drew from ancient mythologies and iconographies to produce her burlesque cast of pagan goddesses, Celtic fertility figures, and Amazon warriors, which she pulled from books on ancient art before manipulating and incorporating them into her own drawings and collages. Her well-known 1966–70 “War” series, produced during the Vietnam years, explored the atrocities of war, a subject Spero revisited in her later career with frieze-like drawings installed around the walls of galleries, depicting masses of screaming figures and helicopters overhead dropping human-shaped bombs. Her work Cri de Coeur (2005) portrays mourning women from ancient Egypt. “I am thinking about the women’s condition, showing victimage or celebratory sexuality in an exaggerated way,” she once said.” Artsy