the abstract expression
by l j frank
experience with the abstract in philosophy and the existential in life have affected my approach to painting and sculpture. As I evolve so do my experiments with color and design.
A chance meeting one day with an art professor from Syracuse University led to an offer to study under him. I was invited to his farm near Lake Skaneateles, one of the Finger Lakes in Central New York, not far from where I was living at the time.
It was a hands-on experience in which he simply stated, as we climbed up to the second floor of a remodeled rustic barn where his small class of students met with a live model:
“If you wish to paint, then paint.”
and that was the beginning – from painting simple objects, landscapes, nudes and primarily in the abstract. Abstract expressionism for me has “a seductively primitive hue. It precedes the known. Its value is a matter for the individual within the marketplace underscored by emotion and thought.”
a very small portion of my paintings, are shown below. Several paintings have been donated to auctions for non-profit organizations and an increasing number are hanging on the walls of professional firms and private homes.
periodically I experiment, dabbling in more realistic landscapes and nudes but prefer the stimulation of the abstract with a focus on commissioned works.
acrylic or oil are utilized, generally on oversized canvases that have deep staple-free edges to accommodate paint – canvas depths are from 1.5″ to 3″ with overall canvas sizes ranging from 36″x 36″, 36″x 48″, 48″x 72″ and larger.
“Authentic, organic and original with layers of texture.” Debra
“His artwork has developed an indigenous idiom that likewise communicates the inner experience of color. They represent the many facets of what appears to be the familiar, intimate setting of an unspeakable, breathless relationship to undefined objects through the medium that communicates their presence, color. These are not paintings in the traditional sense, but rather documents of a movement of color.” Professor Viola Timm, Ph.D.
A few samples:
The Muse Goddess
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