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Why I love Abstract painting

It wasn't until I first saw a Willem De Kooning painting in the flesh so to speak, that I understood that abstract painting is more about the marks, textures,and thickness of paint on the canvas, than the subject.....Although a painting has to have a starting point of reference be it from an object or idea. De Kooning was famous for his nude women, but when I saw the energy, gestural vibrancy and richness of colour and his mark making with sections of the canvas itself showing through playing a part in it's own right. For me as a painter I became completely absorbed in abstract painting and knew that It was how I wanted to paint, I particularly loved the American Abstract Expressionists.

I later became interested in the English  painter Patrick Heron who has had a profound influence on my work. As have many other artist too numerous to mention.

In some respect abstract painting is a selfish act, the doing is a lot of the pleasure, the end result is paramount but the doing is were the passion is made.

Two figures in a landscape 1967 Willem De Kooning

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When I see abstract paintings in galleries I often say that they make no sense. But seeing an actual painter doing it is a different business to deal with. Every hand gesture that they make, every color that they pick got lots of meaning that I couldn't explain. From that day on, I started loving abstract painting!

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