Color Fields: Heritage & Modernity

JoAnne Artman Gallery
Sep 12, 2019 2:59PM

Color Field Painting marked a major development in abstract painting. Pioneers of the movement such as Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler, Ellsworth Kelly, and Robert Motherwell succeeded in creating paintings that not only served as art objects, but as intermediaries to their viewers' sensory experiences.

Creating visual tensions by producing geometric or organic forms that rely on contrasting tones, Color Field painters and its modern interpretations explore issues of form and color, immersing their audience with pigmentation and no distinguishable subject matter. Resolutely avoiding the suggestion of a form or mass standing out against a background, instead, the figure and ground are one, and the space of the picture, conceived as a field, appears to spread and diffuse beyond the boundaries of the paper, canvas, or sculpture.

Audra Weaser
Illusions I
JoAnne Artman Gallery

By creating works that have no obvious subject other than color itself, the way a painting can be perceived was forever altered and extended into a metaphysical and emotional realm. Open to interpretation and with highly individualized significance to each viewer, Color Field paintings thrive off of contemplation and personal associations to the colors and shapes used within the composition.

Lisa Bartleson
Gradient No. 2, 2019
JoAnne Artman Gallery

Influenced by the tenets of Color Field movement, ANTHONY HUNTER, AUDRA WEASER, LISA BARTLESON, and MATT DEVINE utilize the expressive power of color, seeking to connect to the viewer through raw emotions. Handing their respective mediums in a manner that is free, yet refined, the resulting gestural abstractions reveal a passion for transcendence and the infinite.

Matt Devine
a x b #3
JoAnne Artman Gallery


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