Circles and the Sea.

During the 1950’s Mark Rothko brought a new way of thinking to the New York abstract expression movement, different from the hard lines of Picasso and the action painting of Pollock. Both Frank Stella and Rothko had a different belief and approach to their vision. A void or absence of extreme motion. Instead the use of large color samples and minimized stroke definition. Letting the size of the work and the colors themselves speak to the viewer in a way that formed a relationship between art and viewer that could only come from simply viewing at a highly personal level. Rothko was quoted as saying or characterizing his work as “a consummate experience between the picture and the onlooker
*source: Rothko: published by Taschen 2012

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Mark Rothko:untitled 1960
Having just spent a number hours in SLAM only mere inches away from the great master works of Pollock, Picasso, Rothko, Stella and Miro I’ve decided to complete the piece I started prior to leaving on my adventures in a highly minimal way. As many of you know I myself as an artist strongly believe in the transference of energy into my work giving the viewer a jump point into the work but never hindering the viewer from establishing a relationship to the work that is entirely their own. A sample from my artist statementMy current series of acrylics and oil is a study in movement, texture, color and light, designed to evoke thought, feeling and conversation.The subjects of my compositions are found in the space between our challenges and rewards, that process that brings both endings and rebirth to our lives. Deep human emotional connection, nature and my perspective on the society in which we all live are the constant inspiration for my life and body of work.”

The following piece is called Circles and the Sea
It lacks the usual vibrant colors you may expect from my work and it does not have the extreme texturing I’ve used in the past. What it does have is what I believe to be a good use of the wood panels natural texture. One could consider this a tribute piece to Rothko and Stella done in a style I believe you’ll find to still be completely my own. You will also find a passive but highly influential pattern hiding within the flow of blues and greens employed to create this work. Please take some time and let your eyes rest a bit as your mind wanders the tranquil
Circles and the Sea
Mixed media
24″x24″
2014

Benjamin

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As always your feedback and comments are encouraged and appreciated.
I hope the day has found you well and I look forward to hearing your thoughts and feelings on this current work as it is a slight departure from what I’ve done in the past. Though never fear I have a great many painting floating about just waiting to be created, plenty more to come.

Much love and light
Benjamin
“A life in progress”
2014.