Archive of ‘Abstract Art’ category

Remnants. Marie Thiebault.

One of my favorite things about winter is the bareness of the branches.  That may seem strange, I’m sure most people prefer trees full of lively green or technicolor orange.  But I love the transparency that the stripped limbs bring.  We can see much farther into the forest, the shapes of the individual branches become more apparent.  These paintings by Los Angeles artist Marie Thiebault reminded me of the tangles of spartan boughs outside my window.

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Although much of Thiebault’s work may be inspired by places of abandonment and destruction, I see a parallel between those and the winter season.  Not in a negative way, of course, winter is my favorite!  But in how those types of places often cause a hushed reverence, such as the quiet of a snowfall.  Shadows grow long and deep and the noise of life is muffled.

To see more of Marie Thiebault‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Messiness. Alyssa di Edwardo.

Confession time: I’m a bit of a neat freak.  I make the bed every day.  I always have a place for everything.  In college, I was the only one in the painting studio meticulously cleaning off her palette after each session ( which wouldn’t have been necessary had we been able to leave all of our stuff in the studio, but I digress ).  Being married has helped with my neatness obsession a bit, I admit to occasionally putting Mr. F’s stuff away but find myself able to cope with the imperfectness of living with someone not quite so obsessive.  Maybe because he treats my quirky neatnikness with humor and grace.

Is it strange that I admire folks who can live with, even relish in the messy?  I think it is what has drawn me to the work of West Palm Beach artist Alyssa di Edwardo.

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As I’ve been back painting regularly now for over a year, I’ve found myself confronting my fear of the mess.  Even in my work, I relish those moments where the canvas or panel is as beautiful as I’d imagined it could be.. but then there creeps in a need to push a bit further.  Beyond the beauty of a controlled surface is a need for a type of exploration and experimentation that will only happen when I allow things to get a little messy.  When I let go of what seems good enough but not exciting and my need to control the outcome.  I’m working at finding a balance between the not denying the necessary calm and embracing the mess that needs to surface.

To see more of Alyssa di Edwardo’s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Wild. Allison Gildersleeve.

As a somewhat fledgling painter exploring the nature of environments myself, I’m always intrigued by how other artists interpret the scenes we experience.  In her paintings, New York artist Allison Gildersleeve paints the simultaneous experiences of small, hemmed-in parcels of wilderness.

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When I paint these woods, I want it to feel as if all the stories that took place there are unfolding simultaneously.

The artist takes reference from the same scene as experienced multiple times over the seasons, layering each impression over the next.  The resulting cacophony is like a beautiful mapping of the emotional weight of each place.  For every person who walked through, every child who played tag, there is a bit of themselves and their memory left behind long after they’ve trod that ground.

To see more of Allison Gildersleeve‘s work, please visit her website.  if you happen to be in New Hampshire, you can catch her solo show at Cynthia-Reeves Gallery in Walpole until January 20th.

All images are via the artist’s website and the Cynthia-Reeves Gallery website.  Artist found via Christina Foard.

Dynamic Quiet. Leslie Kenneth Price.

As I type this post, I feel keenly aware of the quiet around me.  The hum of the refrigerator and the occasional noise from the street above are the only sounds meeting my ears.  How often do we allow this type of quiet in our days?  The elimination of modern noise is one thing that we love about hiking and backpacking.  While living in Seattle, it was especially noticeable when we got out of the cacophony of the city and up into the tranquility of the  mountains.  In his work, Northern California artist Leslie Kenneth Price takes his inspiration from the natural world and serves up work that draws us into the teeming life happening in the quiet that surrounds our noise.

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I happened upon the Price’s work when visiting Sewell Gallery back in April and loved it, keeping it in the back of my mind ever since.  A peek at his website recently found me falling deeply in love with this new series of paintings, Verano.  His use of color, movement, and texture alone are enough to draw me in, but in listening to the artist talk of the influence of nature on his work truly resonated with my own experience and spirit.

I found myself nodding along and thinking, yes,that’s exactly how I feel! over and over again.  A true artistic soulmate.

To see more of the work of Leslie Kenneth Price, please visit his website.

All images & video are via the artist’s website.

Constructions. Ryan Sarah Murphy.

Like any other couple, Mr. F and I talk a lot about our future.  One frequent topic of discussion these days is our future home.  To build or not to build.  What does our ideal home look like? Maybe I’ll just convince Mr. F to base our design on one of these collages by New York artist Ryan Sarah Murphy.

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Using found cardboard on book pages, Murphy fashions these abstract collage constructions that seem one part architectural rendering, one part abstract painting.  The torn edges lending a landscape quality, making them like grounded fantasies.  I’ll take the second from the top, please!

Find more of Ryan Sarah Murphy‘s work on her website and get a peek inside her process by following her on Instagram.

All images are via the artist’s website.

A Little Night Magic. Sarah Shaw.

In our travels, Mr. F and I have seen some beautiful sights from the highway.  During our time in Yosemite, we often found ourselves driving through the park from the valley up to our campground after nightfall.  There was something that completely enchanted me about the mountains silhouetted against the night sky and the way the headlights lit up the trees to a surprisingly bright green.  In these paintings from her Roads and Carousel series, UK artist Sarah Shaw captures that magic to be found in the night.

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These paintings seem to glow with that mystical light that happens when the landscape is lit artificially, spotlighting small sections and leaving others to blackness.  How true that seems sometimes in life.. we focus our light, our attention on what is in front of us, the needs of that moment, while the periphery waits in silence for its turn.

To see more of Sarah Shaw‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Pure Process. Rose Masterpol.

Most artist statements today are filled with thoughts on motivation and meaning.  I think we’ve somehow become uncomfortable with the idea of just making art for the sake of creating.  There must be some kind of deep intellectual thought behind those marks!  And perhaps there always is on one level.  For an artist like Rose Masterpol, the reason they create is for the pure pleasure of the process.

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The advent of photography freed painters from the need to represent.  We can, instead, fully revel in the action and process of the painting itself.  Full immersion into pure expression, building layer upon layer of mark and color until what we see is fully pleasing to the artist’s eye.  The viewer then, is left to find what it is that those marks mean to them, engaging the outsider with the intimate creation.

To see more of Rose Masterpol’s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Magic Maker. Jeffrey Simmons.

There is work that enchants us for a moment, we think, “oh, that’s very nice!” but then move on, maybe occasionally coming back to it.  But then there is work that is completely mesmerizing from the moment we see it, drawing us in and nearly drowning us in its magic.  These watercolors by Seattle artist Jeffrey Simmons have me utterly hypnotized with their radiating forms and precisely blurred lines.

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These pulsating forms have an incredibly cosmic quality, like stars shining brightly in the blackest night.  The shifts in color are so incredibly subtle, that I find my eyes moving almost imperceptibly between forms, diving down into the depths and then emerging to the feathery banks.  This is watercolor taken to another universe, devoid of tradition and full of possibility.

To see more of Jeffrey Simmons‘ work, please visit his website.  You can see his work in person at Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle, one of my favorite spots in my favorite city.

All images via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Greg Kucera Gallery.

Indecipherable Ciphers. Cole Morgan

On the way back to the Coast from Yosemite, Mr. F and I decided to spend the day in Napa Valley to do a little wine tasting.  Serendipitously, we happened to pass through St. Helena where there were a few galleries I couldn’t wait to peruse.  As we walked into Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Mr. F and I were both immediately drawn to the enigmatic work of Cole Morgan.

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One of the best things about gallery hopping with Mr. F is when we’re both intrigued by the work of the same artist and share what we love about it.  Morgan’s use of circles and shadows, along with carefully crafted yet spontaneously appearing layers give his work an interesting crypticness.  Spheres seem to float yet are grounded with shadow, so which is their reality?

To see more of Cole Morgan’s work, please visit the Caldwell Snyder website.

Second image via the Gail Severn Gallery website, all other images via the Caldwell Snyder website.

Transient Marks. Jo Davenport

I am always amazed at the way an artist’s mind will interpret a given subject.  I believe artists “see” in certain palettes, even when looking at a thing that is obviously one color, the artist feels it as another.  Such seems to be the way of Australian abstract painter Jo Davenport, whose expressionistic interpretations of landscape, instead of being literal regurgitations of a scene, are spontaneous bursts of color and mark.

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As we transition from summer into autumn, these paintings remind me of how utterly changeable and temporal our landscape is.  As branches, grow, then break, soil erodes, flowers seed, and light changes, a given scene will never be exactly the same as it is in one exact moment.

To see more of Jo Davenport‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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