I want to tell you about three artworks that have made an impression on me. Even though the artists aren’t contemporary, I have found a lot of meaning in them. What stands out to me the most is the use of color.
Artist: Jackson Pollock
Medium: Enamel paint on canvas
Genre: Abstract art
Dimensions:266.7 cm (105.0 in) × 525.8 cm (207.0 in)
Jackson Pollock an “Impressionist Abstract” who when you look at his representation in Autumn Rhythm, Pollock painted it in October and his non-representation Autumn Rhythm, an extraordinary balance between accident and control in this painting. Pollock art work show a similarity to Kandinsky non-objective abstract paining of Composition VII, if maintaining the creative technique needed to achieve go beyond representation and focused on ‘embodied’ experience of event in the real world. Pollock creative flow enabled him to tap into subcontinent movement (flicking, splattering, and also dribbling) producing a lyrical, and often spiritual composition. Pollock created a linear using black paint producing an image like skeleton human figure underneath for the initial layer of paint diluted and soaked into the untrimmed canvas that produced the contrary visual rhymes that provide the viewer with a feeling of sensations. The textural passages contributing to Pollock painting are barely visible in a straight and curved, horizontal and vertical, light and dark, think and thin overlapping lines. Pollock’s imagery is no-representational and although evocative of nature in its coloring, and sense of ground and space.
Artist: J.M.W. Tuner
Medium: oil on canvas
William interpretation of a snow storm that took place during or around the time period Tuner thought to produce this painting. Tuner’s painting depicts a boat caught in a snow storm and a fully dreadful bold and daring English romantic art period. Making Tuner’s painting one of the finest piece of art and depiction of sea-motion also the mist and light, Tuner’s brushwork create a swilling composition of chaotic colors and showcasing the man-made object against the forces of nature. Tuner loved exploring the effects of the elements and the battles within the forces of nature, as he first worked with watercolor and then later with oils which Tuner applied the same techniques he used in watercolor’s onto oil paint. Tuner creates tints and shades of colors painted in different layers of color and tuners brushstrokes add texture to the painting and only a few shades of grey,green and brown having the same tone of colors(monochromatic).Drawing the viewer into the painting is the silver pale light that surrounds the boat making it the focal point of the imagery, smoke coming out of the steamboat spread out over the sky and this creates the abstract shapes the same like the waves
Artist: Claude Monet,
Monet style of painting was key to the Impressionist movement. This painting is considered a landscape subject matter and Monet applied thin paint in the painting giving it a dream like feeling and doesn’t remind the viewer of a real world traditional painting and Monet obviously intended to avoid in this painting of the water lilies, landscape. The water is made of thin vertical strokes ,the lilies are circular swirls of color. Monet painting has a fuzzy or blurry quality to the paint. I can not be sure if whether he did that purposely or was it because he was loosing his sight at the time he was busy painting , as he painted mostly outdoor. Monet made it easier for himself by having to put less distinction in his lines in his painting. Monet’ ability to do this painting without putting too much detail into any one place. The viewer is able to see the picture as a whole and making the focal point be around the middle bright flowers, Monet used lighter colors in this piece but the repetition of brush strokes gives order to the chaos.
They didn’t just stick to the academic, traditional ways of making art. They were driven to search deeper and explore new ways of making art and expressing themselves creatively.
None of them chose to work within what was expected of them as artists at the time – they pushed the boundaries of art.
Matisse, for example, was told that his use of color was too decorative, and not realistic. He used colors like nobody before him. He spoke through colors. People are drawn to artworks by his expressive use of color. Similarity to my my style as an artist and especially “The green line”, I was blown away by how his color use was so similar to how I used color in expressively in my portrait drawings. I can honestly say that I art from the hear and that meaning i strictly express my inner self in each art work ,by my use of color I am able to communicate with to the emotions of the audience . Color brings out different emotions to different people. For me color brightens me up and brings hope.
I have grown as an artist thanks to having to attend Ruth Prows,Art school, I learned a lot from Art History classes , The art assay’s gave me more negotiability in what is art and how as artist i can apply my self and still communicate socially-politically and have this done using different mediums as well as adding text to art works relating to the story behind it.