As humans we create nothing of our own, but only partake in the truly amazing creative process as conduits. So the creative position of the artist is just a humbling one. The artist is actually a channel. This can’t be anymore obvious than in the abstract expressionist artist.
As you most likely know, abstraction indicates a departure from reality. The need to produce and be part of something other than the “real-world” is a natural desire especially in bad times. In Europe prior to the 19th century abstract art wasn’t even considered art. And it wasn’t until World War II that the Americans considered the idea or perhaps just found a need for this kind of expression. Jackson Pollock was at the helm with this new direction later called abstract art expressionism.
While caught in as soon as, an abstract artist is often times unaware of just exactly what he or she is creating. Exploration, uncertainties, online large abstract paintings and emotions all play from the canvas. Pollock once said, “My approach to painting is a natural growth out of a need. I wish to express my feelings rather than illustrate them.” So for the expressionist, the visual outcome is very important, but so too is the whole action of painting. The action is similar to therapy for a few – a means to channel feelings that need to be expressed for whatever the reason.
People question whether abstract art is actually fine art. It’s hard for a few to obtain past the sometimes carefree appearance and non traditional methods of applied paint and foreign matter. But at once there is a huge following. Probably the intrigue originates from a simple truth – that abstract art is just a very raw and unique visual language, appealing both in its form and substance from which it came.
Jaison Cianelli is a modern artist who understands and embraces abstract expressionism into his painting style. He enjoys sharing thoughts and visual expression to brighten the hearts of people. He is represented by the Artists’Haven Gallery in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. You can view his abstract art online.