Don’t Hate, Appreciate: Abstract Expressionism and Why It’s Cool

Diverse, 2017, David Slovic

Love it or hate it, there is one thing about the Abstract Expressionism movement that remains a fact: It’s influential, has historical importance, and has come to re-define what it means to make art (woops, that was three things). 

First splattering across canvases in 1946, Abstract Expressionism began as an emotional response to a dark time of war. With artists like Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, and Helen Frankenthaler, the art world was invaded by splashes of color and jagged streaks of wanton line. In many ways, the movement acted as a rebellion against traditional means of making art, and has served to spark controversy and debate among art critics and in art schools from then to now. 

Pretty neat, right?

And what’s more, is that Abstract Expressionism is a style of art that is not tied down by any sort of conventional means. It colors outside the lines (pun intended), and each artist has their own, unique presence.

So let’s appreciate Abstract Expressionism for it’s attitude with this list of work that doesn’t play by the rules:

 

Corviale #1×3, 2014, oil on canvas, 48” x 72”

1.)  New Perspective

Standing at 48″ by 72″ inches, this large, colorful painting by Paul Fabozzi changes perspective at every angle. Good news: If you like his work, you can meet him for a discussion at Park Towne Place on Thursday, July 27th, from 6 – 8pm. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2.) Good Vibes

This piece by Cathleen Hughes gives off a vibe of tranquility with it’s soft, pastel colors and textures. Not to mention, the splash of ink is a bold touch that attracts the eye and draws you in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water, 2009, mixed media on canvas, 10″ x 10″

3.) Dive In

Whoa. This mixed media piece, Water, by Estelle Carraz-Bernabei captures the essence of it’s title and makes you feel like you can really dive in. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rothko Heart Attack, 2005, ink, acrylic, latex paint, oil pastel and flashe on paper, 72” x 96”

4.) Captures Emotion

This piece by Rachel Bomze is an emotional tribute to American artist Mark Rothko with it’s frantic use of stokes and splashes, the “duller” colors capturing the weight and tragedy of the artist’s death. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neither Here Nor There II, 2016, acrylic, gouache, ink on Strathmore cold press, 35” x 75”

5.) Here or There

This abstract piece by artist Rachel Citrino keeps your eye traveling across the page. 

 

 

 

 

 

Jean Burdick is a painter and printmaker and lives and maintains a studio in Bucks County, PA.  She is inspired by the layering of light, pattern, texture and color in reference with the natural world.
Jean Burdick
Jean Burdick

Jean Burdick is a painter and printmaker and lives and maintains a studio in Bucks County, PA. She is inspired by the layering…

Jean Burdick is a painter and printmaker and lives and maintains a studio in Bucks County, PA. She is inspired by the layering of light, pattern, texture and color in reference with the natural world.…

Jean Burdick is a painter and printmaker and lives and maintains a studio in Bucks County, PA. She is inspired by the layering of light, pattern, texture and color in reference with the natural world. …

Gerri Spilka’s award winning work has been exhibited in numerous art and textile shows in Europe, Canada, and the US. Trained in this order, as an artist, social scientist, and architect and urban planner, not surprisingly, Spilka’s fabric work continues to investigate themes grounded in these ways of knowing the world.
Gerri Spilka
Gerri Spilka

Gerri Spilka’s award winning work has been exhibited in numerous art and textile shows in Europe, Canada, and the US. Trained…

Gerri Spilka’s award winning work has been exhibited in numerous art and textile shows in Europe, Canada, and the US. Trained in this order, as an artist, social scientist, and architect and urban planner,…

Gerri Spilka’s award winning work has been exhibited in numerous art and textile shows in Europe, Canada, and the US. Trained in this order, as an artist, social scientist, and architect and urban planner, not surprisingly,…

Jasmine Allege is a Philadelphia based artist, originally from California. She received her bachelor’s degree in drawing and painting from Portland State University in 2010 and her Masters of Fine Art from Moore College of Art & Design in 2013.  She has participated in an international artist residency at the Burren College of Art in County Clair, Ireland and worked for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and The Sol LeWitt Estate.
Jasmine Alleger
Jasmine Alleger

Jasmine Allege is a Philadelphia based artist, originally from California. She received her bachelor’s degree in drawing…

Jasmine Allege is a Philadelphia based artist, originally from California. She received her bachelor’s degree in drawing and painting from Portland State University in 2010 and her Masters of Fine Art…

Jasmine Allege is a Philadelphia based artist, originally from California. She received her bachelor’s degree in drawing and painting from Portland State University in 2010 and her Masters of Fine Art from Moore College of…

Tania Qurashi
Tania Qurashi
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