Abstract Landscape from the Air II, 2018
Oil, Graphite, Oil Stick on Canvas
48 x 36 x 1.50 in
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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... He painted Abstract Landscape from the Air II with a landscape composition in mind. He has 3000 or so photographs taken with a DJI Phantom that he uses to make his compositions. As this painting developed, he kept in mind the modern art idea that the medium itself (paint, charcoal, graphite,etc.) has an equal voice as the artist/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. He agrees with Barnett Newman that its the content that attracts and keeps the viewer engaged; his goal is to finish paintings with captivating content.