Let's share the abstract artists whose work inspires us!  Whether contemporary or historical, I'd love to hear about the abstract artists whose work makes you go, "WOW!!!"

 

I've always liked Paul Klee. His images are so whimsical and playful. They feel carefree and lighthearted.  When I first started painting abstracts, I looked a lot at his work for inspiration.

 

I couldn't find a link to a good site showing tons of his work, but if you do a google image search for "Paul Klee" a ton of beautiful art comes up.

 

A more recent artist whose work I admire is Julie Evans: http://julieevans.blogspot.com/  It's interesting to compare her newer, more delicate work with her older, more color-saturated work.  Both are a feast for the eyes!!

 

Who are your favorite abstract artists? 

 

Please post a link, but remember not to post other people's images here for copyright reasons. 

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Wow, I really loved the julieevans blogspot.  Such a light hand, yet intricate work.  Beautiful use of color too. 

 

As I mentioned in another discussion, I love Jonas Gerard.  Another painter I've discovered is a painter who goes by the name, swarez.  He's from the UK. 

 

Last night I experimented with water color paints.  I'm going to see if I can find some artist who work in water color to inspire me too.  Hope all is well Thaneeya!


I checked out jullee evans, wow what nice abstract paintings. They are organic and  with the images added are stunning. 
Karyn Robinson said:

Wow, I really loved the julieevans blogspot.  Such a light hand, yet intricate work.  Beautiful use of color too. 

 

As I mentioned in another discussion, I love Jonas Gerard.  Another painter I've discovered is a painter who goes by the name, swarez.  He's from the UK. 

 

Last night I experimented with water color paints.  I'm going to see if I can find some artist who work in water color to inspire me too.  Hope all is well Thaneeya!

Wow, this is a great discussion!  So inspiring.

 

Grace, Jen Stark's work is amazing! I am blown away. You and I really have similar tastes in abstract art - I also love Hundertwasser, Tomaselli, Kandinsky and Colin Johnson.  I haven't heard of many of the others you mentioned so I'll have to look them up.  And you are so sweet for listing me as one of your favorites!!!  Gosh, I am honored, especially to be in such fine company. :)

 

Karyn, thanks for posting the Jonas Gerard link.  I first saw his work in the video you posted in another abstract art thread.  I like the energy with which he approaches his work!

 

Here are 2 more abstract artists I admire:

 

Beatriz Milhazes - You can see some of her work here: http://www.tate.org.uk/tateetc/issue2/inthestudio.htm and here: http://www.colourlovers.com/blog/2008/04/10/color-inspiration-beatr...  I just love her colors and designs, especially the detailed ones.

 

Yellena - Here's her etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/yellena

 

If I think of any more I'll share them here!

I'll have to check out some of the artists you mentioned. One of my favorites is Rebecca Crowell who paints encaustic. See her website at: http://www.rebeccacrowell.com/

 

Grace - I google imaged the work of Rex Ray and Takashi Iwasaki.  WOW - what a feast for the eyes!  All this art is so inspiring.

 

Barbara - Rebecca's work is very nice.  I normally like detailed, colorful abstracts, but I also appreciate work like hers that is more calm, less 'busy', and has a nice layered/textural feel. I feel like I can learn something from those types of abstracts. Thank you for sharing!

I recently came across the abstract art of Laura Bell, and I quite like her shapes, colors and composition:

http://www.laurabellstudio.com/portfolio/disasters/disasters.html

http://www.laurabellstudio.com/portfolio/germination/germination.html

I have really enjoyed all the replies and I have googled several of the artist that have been mentioned.  Jen Stark's work just popped out at me...wonderful and so many beautiful colors!! Jonas Gerad is amazing.....I got so much energy from these artists. Here are a few of my favorites abstract artist's. Osnat Tzadok. Her abstracts are what initially moved me to pick of my pallete knives and brushes after so many years of dormancy. Then there is Nandita Albright...beautiful work..Nichelle Brunmier, Niki Katiki and Nancy D. Eckles..they are all wonderful and inspire me to no end. 

I just discovered Hundertwasser myself (via this website actually!) and I really love his stuff.  Though I don't know him well yet, I like his philosophy that art cannot be done on an overly intellectual level.  (I realized this myself recently while studying up on the creative process itself).  

Paul Klee is my favorite abstract artist.  His childlike imagination was limitless.



Grace L. Sanford said:

Oh My!   I just now saw this discussion?   and no one else has replied yet!?  I have TONS of abstract artists I LOVE!!
Of course I LOVE Paul Klee. He is one of my very first loves. I am always inspired by his art and I hope to read his writings, maybe after Christmas if I get "Paul Klee Notebooks."  I LOVE Wassily Kandinsky. He has writings I want to read too; "Concerning the Spiritual in Art" and "Point and line to plane." Am I going to gush about all my favorites? Maybe I'd beter just list a few of them. If you love abstract art and haven't seen any of these artists, then maybe Google Image them for a wonderful journey into the abstract mind. Antje Gummels (http://www.galleryonetwentyeight.org/2009-05-08/index.html), Auguste Herbin, Colin Johnson, Fred Tomaselli, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Gustav Klimt, Josef Frank, Peter de Jong, Rae Mahaffey, Rex Ray, Robert Delaunay, Takashi Iwasaki, Thaneeya McArdle, Tony Robbin, Tonya Newton (http://www.etsy.com/people/RetroPopArtGallery), Victor Vasarely, Youri Messen Jaschin
I love Wassily Kandinsky probably best of all, although Joan Miro's little stick people amuse me mightily. Many of the artists already mentioned, I also really appreciate, including Klee. An artist I discovered in Germany years ago is Alfred Gluckl, who is reminiscent of Kandinsky and very prolific. His works are easily available as decent inexpensive prints/posters. Some people might find him glib, but he speaks to something in me.

Kandinsky is sublime. As for the next gen, still breathing artist... Jeff Danford http://www.nobullart.com/index.php?L1=artwork&gallery_id=CAOYM1... and Kimberlee Rocca http://www.kimberleerocca.com/kimberleerocca/Art/Artwork.asp?Catego...

Interesting selections, Dusty!  I like Rocca's "Framed Heavens" and "Eclipse" paintings!  And her use of foil is interesting.
Ev, I think you might mean Alfred Gockel?  (Per my Google search)!  Yes, I like his stuff too!  It's an unapologetic use of color and wavy line.  Very nice.

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