Home / Blog-Posts / MINIMALISM or what is SIMPLE, SOPHISTICATED ART

MINIMALISM or what is SIMPLE, SOPHISTICATED ART

Across the bottom of this¬†abstract minimal painting titled “One” I wrote: “This is way cool!! ūüôā Just like emptiness doesn’t mean nothingness; not painting a painting doesn’t mean there’s no painting as you can see here.”

“One” is minimal – it is simplicity without clutter. It’s palette is¬†monochromatic.¬† Minimalism emerged in the early 1960s.¬† It started as a ¬†reaction against the emotionalism displayed in Abstract Expressive Art. ¬†Minimal art favored the “cool” over the “dramatic”.¬† It emphasized extreme simplification of form and monochromatic palettes.

Click on all the paintings below to view without having to scroll down.

Minimalism is sometimes often considered a style of the super-rich.¬† The thought is: “I can have anything but won’t clutter my home.¬† I will only acquire the most elegant, simple objects available.”

Minimalism has evolved through the years.  What remains consistent is simplicity; nothing is overworked.  Minimalism is seen in all the art forms; visual, performance, film, music, literature and architecture.  In this blog I am focusing on paintings.

I have been painting for over 40 years.¬† I never intended to become a “minimalist”.¬† It ¬†happened because through the years, I have consistently removed clutter that obstructed the painting’s purity. ¬†Minimal paintings are about an immediate visual response.¬† This means the viewer is able to experience more strongly the qualities of color, form and space.¬† Here are two examples. The first painting titled “As the Butterfly Flies” is from 2014.¬† The second titled “Lily” was painted¬† a couple weeks ago.¬† Question: is one more minimal than the other?

Below are two more examples of my minimal art: ¬†the first, “Inborn Wisdom” from 2014 and the second,¬† “Simple” from 2016.¬† Do you have a preference? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *