Monthly Archives: May 2014

Jasper Johns and Rauschenberg

Johns’ artwork, of the mid- to late 1950s, was in search of a new style of Abstact Expressionism. His new working methods helped to engender a number of subsequent art movements, among them Pop, Minimal, and Conceptual art. This new style … Continue reading

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Research – Clyfford Still, Rothko and Frank Stella

Clyfford Still is remembered by his contemporaries as the ‘man in a dark coat’ also ‘the classic American man of the West.’ He loved landscape and the openness in his paintings may be a reflection of his relationship to the West. Described … Continue reading

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Exhibition : Beezy Baily

I went to Beezy’s exhibition at Everard Read last weekend. In the work exhibited, he combines conventional landscape with abstract painting, while also exploring silkscreen on an oil painted surface. He uses images of Leonardo’s St Anne as a sorrowful … Continue reading

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Research – Different approaches of Abstract Expressionist

Willem De Kooning – In the 30’s and 40’s his work was still dominated by the figure, as was seen in the work of Picasso and Miro. After WW2 and 1950 his work was marked by all over, gestural abstract … Continue reading

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Assignment 4 – Beginning of Abstraction: Submission and Tutor Feedback

SUBMISSION: Choose at least 2 paintings for this Assignment. I choose the following 5 paintings: My favourite is probably Sea Shore, because it is the most spontaneous of all. The composition is balanced and not dominated by colour. I also include an abstract … Continue reading

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Exercise: Seascape

I’m expected to make a seascape to compliment my previous townscapes. The seascape below is the view over the fynbos vegetation towards the sea. I have always wanted to paint this view from our holiday house, but have never managed it … Continue reading

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Exercise : Abstract Townscape

From my sketchbook,- Thinking differently makes old ways new. I know that the outcome is not completely abstract, but I am very happy about the shift that is happening here.

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