Early in 2020, I started up a new project, putting together my love of intuitive abstract art and connecting with people and the things they love.
I started to work big with abstracts in 2016 through 2018, and I started to get onto something that really intrigued me: the kinetic aspect of painting, how this form of creation could involve vigorous motion...
2015 & 2016
I had tried abstract a few times before 2015, but it's harder than it looks. I didn't really get into a groove until I saw a technique that did what I wanted to do
The documentary on Gerhardt Richter and his abstract style sort of burst a dam for me. Then when I saw some of the Guggenheim Kandinsky collection, this inspired the turn I took into a more intuitive approach.
These pieces started to feel like little worlds with stories I could enter when I looked at them.
A BIT OF THE STORY
Abstract is my favourite form because it is so liberating. My early work as a young artist was very much focused on mastering realistic technique, but this started to become stifling. The closer you look at something, the more detail there is. There is literally no end to it. I found it paralyzing after a certain point.
I started painting because I didn't know how and therefore knew I couldn't do it well. I finally started to enjoy creating again. And the ultimate freedom is in the abstract for me. There are no rules, and I can turn off my brain for a while and tap into something deeper.
My life is often steeped in the intellectual and the practical. This can be very interesting and useful, but it can also be exhausting, and there is so much more to the human experience. Painting and enjoying abstract art brings out the subtle but no less important ways of being and doing. To be honest, it's kind of like magic. Under just about any circumstance, all becomes right with the world. I think this is because I am able to freely follow my intuition and experiment in ways that practical everyday life does not allow.
What comes out doesn't matter as much as the process, a la the point is the journey, not the destination. Still, the paintings are often stimulating, curious, stirring, and sort of calming to look at, again inviting that off-mainstream way of thinking and being.
Abstract art is harder than it looks, so sometimes pieces do not make the wall, but they're all worth it as experiences for me. I hope you enjoy them too.
If you want to participate in my currently ongoing abstract project, have a look at my post "A New Project" and feel free to get in touch.