Contemplating the Bluegrass Notion of Living under the Blue Side of the Mountain II, 2021
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Oil, Graphite, Oil Stick on Canvas
30 x 30 x 1.50 in
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... Steven painted this piece with a landscape composition in mind. He has 3000 or so photographs taken with a DJI Phantom that he used as references. 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 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 is influenced by the work of Richard Diebenkorn; he loves the pentimenti aspect of Diebenkorn's work and hopes to include pentimenti in his work.