How to Create a Work of Abstract Expressionism Art in Just 4 Steps?

Abstract Expressionism Art 3If you want to create an abstract expressionism art, there are several techniques, ideas and methodologies that you should learn before you understand this modern movement. Abstract Expressionist art reaches the essence of things, giving the artist the freedom to explore their emotions and match their personal interaction with art. Do, explore and enjoy the freedom that this art form offers.

Following steps will help you create a work of abstract expressionism.

1. Study the history of the Abstract Expressionist movement and the artists involved.

Study of the original expressionism theories and philosophies will help to strengthen the understanding of movement approaching the screen. According to the University of Iowa Museum Of Art, Abstract Expressionism began in New York in the 1940s and 1950s, with artists such as Hans Hofmann, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. Convinced that art was in crisis and influenced by the left of ideologies of the time, each artist tried and tried to find a more liberating way to express meaning and convey emotion.

2. Plan your work in advance.

Abstract expressionism is not a representational art and has the intention of capturing the energy, excitement and printing a theme. The painter and author of ‘Art Evolution’ Lisa Cyr says, “The painting, its process and the role of the artist as a painter is the theme of art, and not tangible objects, landscapes or persons external to the artist”. You do not need a draft or theme realistic images, but need experience, plan and think of ideas you want to convey, and the best way to do them. So, combine your spontaneity with forethought and vision.

Painting by Hans Hofmann
                                                                Painting by Hans Hofmann

3. Try the “Action Painting”.

The Museum of Modern Art indicates that the “Action Painting” is a term used to describe paintings created with an impulsive, courageous and spontaneous style. By taking a physical object to an abstract expressionist painting, capture it with strong and fast strokes. Try several drafts or rapid paintings to begin entering the “Action Painting” climate; for example, complete a sketch in just 30 seconds. Forget trying to represent anything with mathematics and anatomical accuracy. Capture the emotions, ideas and energy that the individual evokes in you as you look at it and study. Communicate your reaction to the ocean, the waves and the sea, without trying to accurately portray the waves, foams or coast.

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Abstract Expressionism Art 2

4. Use ink drops in your art.

In an article published by “The Nation” on January 7, 1999, the art critic Arthur C. Danto says “Dripping” (drip) is a painting technique developed and made popular by the famous expressionist painter Jackson Pollock, which can be used to create a variety of effects”. Spread newspapers on the floor of your workspace to prevent damage to the ink. Place the canvas, paper or panel on the floor. With pieces of wood or hard brushes, shake or let the ink on the surface. For this purpose, you probably need to use industrial enamel paint because oil paint is too thick. Experiment with different colors and combinations of them. Use drip to darken the images and give ways to painting or do as Pollock did: use emotional color with dense circular arrangements.

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