Third Sheet in the Wind’s Eye

Lyrical Abstraction


What is abstract expressionism?  One dictionary definition states it is “a movement in experimental, nonrepresentational painting…. marked in common by freedom of techniques, a preference for dramatically large canvases, and a desire to give spontaneous expression to the unconscious.”

I call myself an abstract painter.  Others may call me a non-objective painter as I have no discernible object or form in my work; hence, non-objective.


Third Sheet in the Wind’s Eye, Acrylic, 36×36 on Canvas

With reference to the above image, I choose to further define my style with another label – that of lyrical abstractionist.   I leave it to the critics to determine if I truly am what I claim to be.

The Urban Dictionary’s definition of Lyrical Abstraction follows:

“Lyrical Abstraction in painting is an opening to personal expression. The term was originally coined by Larry Aldrich 1; other sources sustain that it was Jean José Marchand and Georges Mathieu who first used the term Abstraction Lyrique in 1947 in Paris. The name “Tachisme” is sometimes used to describe this movement.

“Some notable painters “inspired” in this “style” are: Wassily Kandinsky considered one of the fathers of abstraction, Paul Klee, Frank Kupka, Robert Delaunay, Mordecai Ardon, Norman Bluhm, Jean René Bazaine, Hans Hartung, Wols, Max Bill, Gunther Gerzso, Huguette Arthur Bertrand, Georges Mathieu, Jean Miotte, Ronnie Landfield and Stefan Fiedorowicz.

“The emotion in my work comes from somewhere deep down, and can speak to the inner part of each person… My work is intuitive; colour is the language that I use to express an emotion. It is the interaction of colour that interests me. Stefan Fiedorowicz.

“I am a colourist who has followed the lyrical abstraction movement and I use color to convey something personal and internal… Why I choose certain objects to paint and how I illustrate them is a mystery to me. I do not think about it too much. Certain objects are close to me because of what they mean to me or what they look like, their shape. I simplify them and sometimes combine them into pleasing arrangements. I like working over the canvas surface over and over again because most of the time I am not sure of what I want, especially my abstracts done with thick colourful oils and wall scrapers.”
by Livingston Seagul February 02, 2010

Author: Jerry Hardesty Studio

I am an Abstract Expressionist Painter, living in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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