This week, the works that we have shared have all been ones that have had a minimalism at the heart of them. Whether it be color pallet, or a simplicity of subject matter, or the medium used, each of these works can be described as being minimalist.
But that is not to say that they do no have a real richness about them. Eugenia Pardue’s acrylics are filled with exquisite detail, set against a stark white color choice. Annie Meyer’s simple landscapes burst with color and Jan Fowler’s tonally-neutral landscapes are filled with detail, thanks to her use of wood grains in the printing process.
We hope that this blog brings more than just a minimal amount of enjoyment to you!
Eugenia’s acrylic paintings are one simple color, but create a rewarding complexity of composition through her use of texture and layers, which result in some truly unique works. Using her “Sculpt-Paint Process”, she creates tactile, visceral, sculpted paintings that meld ceramic and sculptural dimensionality with painting. Her vision is “A Meeting of Minimalism with the Primordial Magnificence of nature.” We are also delighted to say that Eugenia sold two of her pieces this week.
Katherine describes herself as a “versatile visual artist currently focusing on monotype printmaking”. She creates handmade, one-of-a-kind prints made by applying ink to a plate and running it through a hand-cranked press with high-quality printmaking paper. The result is her ‘Lake Monotype’ series, which she began in 2008, and now has run to more than 400 individual pieces. The works are simple in form, but such is Katherine’s control of color and form, they create a feeling of richness and complexity.
With her mixed media series of abstract works, Paula Blackwell explains that “breaking with tradition I don’t take a mathematical hard line or a one point approach, for me its more lyrical and metaphorical, expressing beauty and emotion in a more imaginative and avant-garde way.” Her selected pieces here are notable for a muted use of color and oft, cloud-like imagery. Yet, within them, there is a depth that goes beyond the apparent minimalism.
At the heart of Jan’s work is the rich potential patterns found in the grain of wood. “My aesthetic perspective is drawn from the patterns seen in the wood because the grain, color and feel of the surface yield to the vision of the artist. The grains inspire powerful images of naturalistic forms which to me express the reverence, wonder and beauty of the natural world.” The results are, using a simple, tonally-muted color pallet, images that are striking and filled with depth, yet simple and deeply calming.
Annie’s distinctive, beautiful and minimalist monotype landscapes are a signature part of her work. The landscapes come from places she travels to paint each year. With minimal colors and shapes they are more emotional rather than factual in content. She attributes her affinity for minimal landscapes to growing up in the Midwest, staring out at farmland with a few lines and few trees. Her landscapes have evolved into an abstract sense of time and place. “I aim to translate the sense of identity I feel with these landscapes that are both from my childhood and myself today.” The result are breathtakingly beautiful and simple scenes.