The focus of this group is Abstract Expressionism with it's primary focus on Abstract Painting. Other Mediums may be submitted but they must be Superior in their interpretation of Abstract Expression that the medium is becomes irrelevant. There are certain elements that seem to define what this category is about. A unique quality of abstract expressionist work is the interrelationships of positive and negative space or the Push and Pull Effect of the subject and the space around said subject. I believe it is best described in this quote by Jackson Pollock, 'The Modern artist is working with space and time, and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating.'
Background: The artist's growth in pure expressionism developed into the focal point as their interpretations and experience became just as important as the painting itself. As the movement evolved into the 1940's and 50's from such artists as Hoffman and Gorky to the large scale abstracts of De Kooning, Kline, and Pollock with their vigorous gestures of full body movements, defining the first American Art movement. The movement constantly evolved into another phase of large color field Abstract Expressionism with artist such as Newman, Rothko, and Still with their uniform painting field and the monolithic kind of pictorial order.
As there are several Abstract Painting groups on FAA, we will focus on the quality of our images and how they represent Abstract Expressionism within the confines of its history. We will not be captive to this history but we will remain in line with its principles and hopefully further enhance its evolution. Artwork will only be accepted if it meets the standards of Abstract Expressionism seen by it's Curator. Artwork will be featured if it excels in this style.