Inspired by Modern Minimalist Artists

"Minimalism or minimalist art can be seen as extending the abstract idea that art should have its own reality and not be an imitation of some other thing." www.tate.org.uk

When I approach a fresh new canvas I do so with trepidation because it is so beautiful, crisp, white and perfect.  It takes courage to apply the first mark that begins the journey to a finished artwork.  

I believe it is this love of the blank field that inspires my attraction to modern minimalist artists; those artists who are able to evoke wonder and awe with a gesture and a brushstroke.  The Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell produced evocative artworks that consist of wide black strokes perfectly placed on the canvas against a white background.  Frank Stella, referred to as the father of Minimalism, produced large monochromatic works that are at once imposing and intriguing.  Sol Le Wit created "wallscapes" of colour and repeated line.  

 

"Aesthetically, minimalist art offers a highly purified form of beauty. It can also be seen as representing such qualities as truth (because it does not pretend to be anything other than what it is), order, simplicity and harmony." www.tate.org.uk

© 2015 Jenny Reddin

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