Oil, Graphite, Oil Stick on Canvas
60 x 48 x 1.50 in (152.40 x 121.92 x 3.81 cm)
Abstract Expressionist Teacher and Master Artist Hans Hoffman believed all good abstract art compositions are based in the real - a figure, a landscape, a still life, etc...
The composition for Abstract Landscape 15 originated from photographs taken with a DJI Phantom drove. As this painting developed, Steven kept in mind the modern art idea that the medium itself (paint, charcoal, graphite,etc.) has an equal voice as the content/composition in telling the story on canvas. The lines, the drips, the thick and thin paint, the runs are all part of the conversation. Steven loves and is influenced by the paintings of Richard Diebenkorn; he loves the pentimenti aspect of Diebenkorn's work and hopes to include complimentary pentimenti in his own work.
Steven agrees with Barnett Newman that its the content that attracts and keeps the viewer engaged; Steven's goal is to make paintings with captivating content.