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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Back to School

Hundertwasser Study

This is a 12" X 12" mixed media painting I did as a study of the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser's End of Night. I thought it fit well with Theme Thursday's Faces challenge. It's not a very good photograph because I had to shoot it hanging in my study in fluorescent light.

Hundertwasser was a Viennese artist who developed an abstract, vibrantly colourful style distinguished by ornamental spirals, labyrinths, and circles. He can be considered a "colorist" painter, since color is a dominant element of all his work. He used very saturated colors and employed egg tempera, adding metallic dust; cloth or paper fragments; earth, ground glass or pottery; and finished his pieces with a thin glaze of oil. Because of his primitive use of color and line, his paintings remind me very much of Teesha Moore's art. Hundertwasser believed that within each person is a collection of memories, sensations, images, dreams and wishes, which he called an "Individualfilm." He believed that the role of art is to bring this material to a conscious level.

You can find more of his work here. I'm sure you will immediately see why I was so intrigued by his work.


Marit said...

Gorgeous! And indeed very
"Hundertwasser" Love the colours!

Willy said...

Fantastic painting, Alberta!

Unknown said...

Great card

Bohemian Soul said...

I love it!!!!!

Kim Mailhot said...

Wow ! Hey Teach, thanks for the lesson. I didn't know Hundertwasser and was immediately intrigued too. Very cool and I love, love the brights !
Hugs !

Terri Kahrs said...

Thank you, Alberta, for the introduction to Hundertwasser's work. OMG! When I "linked" to the page with his work, I almost fell off of my chair! The visual impact of all that wonderful, saturated color had a visceral effect! I think he'd be pleased and honored by your tribute piece - it's stunning! Hugs, Terri xoxo

indybev said...

I can easily see why you're drawn to Hundertwasser, since you have the same love of bold color! Your piece is wonderful (love the two pupils in that one eye!). He may be quite right, but I swear I've delved deep and I haven't found that much color in my subconscious. I wish I could!!

Lori Saul said...

Beautiful interpretation of this fascinasting artist's work Alberta- you captured the essence and boldness- but it is still "your" work for sure!

froebelsternchen said...

This is stunning! Great Art!

I´m from Vienna and I think
Hundertwasser woud be excited!

hugs Susi

Giggles said...

So much beauty and talent galore!! That's what I am,
"a colorist"...I finally have a name for myself...thanks for that!! Enjoyed the post and link!!

Hugs Giggles

K said...

love all your faces! they are so cool and full of great colors!

Janet said...

Thank you for introducing me to this artist! I love his work! And yours is fantastic, too. You know how I love bright colors and this one has them!!

Barbara Hagerty said...

Thanks for the Hundertwasser link!! Your piece is terrific! And you are entirely right--I don't know if Teesha knows it or not, but I think Hundertwasser was a major influence.

lulu moonwood murakami said...

I lover Hundertwasser! have you see photos (or been to) the apartment building he designed? It's the coolest! I think he would really enjoy seeing your work!
: ) lulu

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