What drove me to abstraction!

Updated: Jun 3

In a previous blog, I talked about listening to documentaries and films on YouTube about art movements and styles throughout history while I worked in my studio. This has resulted in a massive change in my life as a representational painter.

Karen Welsh | Work | 2015 - 2019

One day in August 2019 I decided that the next painting I would do would be with freedom using instinct and excitement inspired by the voices and descriptions I had been listening to over the last couple of years.

Abstract Expressionism was the post-war art movement that excited me - led by the American New York action painters such as Joan Mitchel, Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollack and the colour field painters such as Marc Rothko, Robert Motherwell and Helen Frakenthaler.

These painters' work I very much enjoy. The works have soft transitions of colour fading into one another, strong lines and shapes giving movement, quiet areas to give voice to the stronger colours, bold contrasts of tone and hard lines that can be broken and few or dominant and intentional.

Joan Mitchel | Untitled | 1988

Willem de Kooning | Woman l | 1950 - 52

Franz Kline | Vawdavitch | 1955