Abstract Paintings by Corinne Natel.

Abstract Paintings by Corinne Natel.
An Interview with Corinne Natel.


Who and where are you from?

I’m Corinne Natel, an abstract artist from London, UK.

How you got into this?

I was creative from a young age and enjoyed painting. I came to a crossroads at degree level between choosing to study Fine Art or Media Production. I thought I should study Media Production. I went on to work as a web designer which was quite creative.

After a few years of working I knew something was missing. I started painting again and knew that was the missing piece! I then got the opportunity to leave my job and do some freelance web design work and this enabled me to have the freedom to paint more and develop my art career. Painting is my ultimate passion and I feel lost if I don’t paint for a while!

What is your driving force?

To create and be a successful artist! I am lucky to have the freedom to be able to create art. It’s a great feeling to be doing something that I love and also so rewarding when people connect to what I am doing. I love how painting makes me feel a sense of freedom, escapism and is the ultimate form of expression. I enjoy how I can go on a journey when painting, from a blank white canvas to creating something new. I feel complete making art and I know that I am supposed to be doing this, that it is my purpose (dharma).


What kind of work you do and why?

I specialise in abstract mixed media fluid paintings. Currently I am working with resin and inks. My main inspirations are nature, fashion, travel and media. I am always inspired by the seasons and time of year and this usually reflects in my work and also colour investigation. I aim to create vibrant and emotive works.

Tell us more about your thought process.

I use a lot of negative space in my works. When I was studying my art teacher introduced me to the works of Alberto Giacometti, who is one of my ultimate inspirations! I learnt so much from his pieces which focused on investigating space and how this worked in relation to his subjects. I'm always looking for the space in my work. It's creating the balance between matter and space that allows the painting to flow and breathe.

Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find Interesting and why?

I love the works of  Karin Vermeer for the stunning technique and colours and also Julia Benz for beautiful use of colours.

Abstract Expressionism by Felix Dolah from Germany.

Abstract Expressionism by Felix Dolah from Germany.
An Interview with Felix Dolah.

Who and from where are you?

My name is Felix Dolah and I am from Mainz, Germany.

How you got into this?

A basic interest in all kinds of art (Literature, Film, Philosophy and so on) made me write about art in a very personal way for more than two years. When I felt things clearing up, I just started to experiment with different materials to see how it feels. At the end I came up with charcoal and water. Those two elements felt damn right and they matched up perfectly to my own unique style of expressing my inner world with all its light and darkness.

What is your driving force?

My driving force might be the hope that what I do is able to help someone. And if it is just one single person that really feels attached to what I do, isn't that enough? I made my experiences and i felt my pain. I want to talk about that. I want to sensitize people to listen to their own pain because every painfull situation in a persons life is a chance to grow and to overcome boarders.


What kind of work you do and why?

My therapist says I do a psychoanalysis in Paintings. I work with real life models. My attempt is to have an honest dialogue from human to human. I talk to my models about myself and I listen to their stories. Out of our conversations there emerges a concept to manifest their stories inside of one of my works. I do that because I belive in the possibility that human beings can overcome distances between one another by having goodhearted diologues about themselves and this one big fascinating game we call "life".

1+1=1

Abstract Art by Alexis James from Indiana.

Abstract Art by Alexis James from Indiana.
An Interview with Alexis James.

Who and where are you from?

I am Alexis James. My mother had me at 16 and my father was 18. My father passed away at 23 from pancreatitis as a result of excessive alcohol use.

How you got into this?

I am from Indiana. My family comes from a long line of French heritage on both sides and many suffer from alcoholism. I was not excerpt from alcohol abuse. In fact, a couple years ago it almost killed me. I had always loved art but through the early stages of sobriety it was my saving grace. I took all of my obsessive energy and put it into my painting. I began realizing how free I felt as a result. To be focused on not the world, but to be in my head alone with me in a physical trance.

What is your driving force?

My driving force is nothing more than freedom. I never go into a piece with any predetermined outcome. In fact, my paints are in a big bucket that I just reach my hands into while creating and use what the universe gives me. I don't want my work to be constrained by worldly ideas or images so I leave both out of my works. This allows them to be closer to the spirit realm that lies beyond ourselves.

What kind of work you do and why?

In my pieces I use primarily oils with the occasional plaster. While channeling the spirit world I wanted to allow a more organic and 3D image to appear. Allowing for the images to come through more whole and clear. Texture gives another voice to the truth I am channeling from a deep intuitive area in the mind and heart.

In summary my work is about freedom from the world we know, the pain that can be felt, even freedom from the happiness that we can feel as a result of our human condition. It's a way to shut down from what we know and open up to a world that we do not know. I allow the connections of what we are surrounded by to dissipate and I slip into wonderland. Where I allow the white rabbit and the catipillar to speak through me. I am unattached and free.

Abstract Expressionism by David Stegmann.

Abstract Expressionism by David Stegmann.
An Interview with David Stegmann.

Who and from where are you?

My Name is David Stegmann, I'm living and working in Staufen (South Germany). This area is culturally interesting as it is close to the French and Swiss boarder and various influences have created a buzzing new scene here.

How you got into this?

My father was a sculptor, he educated me in drawing, modelling and sculpting but my personal interest was and still is to paint. I started as early as 13 with street art and got subsequently recognized by galleries and other artists. I had my first street art exhibition when I was 24. After various exhibitions my expression changed from classic street art towards more contemporary, abstract painting. Since then I have been focusing on identifying my own abstract style. Currently I am trying to transform abstract landscapes into more focused work of a specific detail I find important. This transformation has been very rewarding for me as it gives me a new look upon my way of expression. 

What is your driving force?

The driving force behind my work is the urge to get my thoughts on canvas. I always loved to paint and by now it´s an uncontrollable energy which brings me back to the studio every day. Finding new ways to express myself and the idea to focus on details and creating them in a new way is very fulfilling. To get closer to creating something close to the perfection of nature is an ultimate goal. 


What kind of work you do and why?

I would call my work modern, abstract expressionism. In my head most pictures are already set and day by day I get closer to the image in my head until I can call it finished. It's a journey which takes sometimes weeks to get there.
I paint a lot with oil and acrylic lacquer or just acrylic paint on canvas, wood or paper. I really love to work very pastose as it ads a specific soul to my paintings and I love the extra dimension. 

Abstract Expressionist Paintings of Flowers by Brian Wayne Jansen from Washington.

Abstract Expressionist Paintings of Flowers by Brian Wayne Jansen from Washington.
An Interview with Brian Wayne Jansen.

Who and where from are you?

My name is Brian Wayne Jansen, I am 36. I grew up on a farm in the state of Nebraska. I am currently residing in Olympia, WA, but I am thinking of moving to Los Angeles, CA soon.

How you got into this?

I took an art history course in high school, I was very inspired by pop art Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstien, Keith Harring as well as Picasso, Van Gogh,Frida Kahlo and Georgia O Keefe: they gave me the sense that anyone could make art, the history of art was more inspiring than the actual art classes I received in school, so I bought a set of brushes and canvas, went to my home and began doing my own thing.

What is your driving force?

I am a very creative person, in that if I am not involved in something artistically my whole life suffers. I work in other collaborative arts as well, theater, film, ect. With painting I don’t need a group of people to pick up a brush and go down the worm hole, and I need to go down the worm hole to report back on what I see and experience with in human behavior.

What kind of work do you do and why?

I love people, I love to look at them and lately I’ve been working on two different styles, I do these abstract expressionist paintings of flowers: the flowers are people to me, bright, beautiful, stretched to the heavens, yet tethered to the earth, given to shine therein. The other style are these chiaroscuro-veined portraits, with those I am trying to capture both the light and darkness to report an essence of the human entities trapped in between, both literally and spiritually speaking.

Abstract Paintings by Ella Marciello form Turin, Italy.

Abstract Paintings by Ella Marciello form Turin, Italy.
An Interview with Ella Marciello.

Who and from where are you?

I live and work in Turin, Italy, for the moment and I don't really like labels. I am a copywriter, a curious person, an artist and a mother.

How you got into this and What is your driving force?

I was born during a fall  night, in 1980. I completed my advanced scientific studies and when I was ready to choose for myself, I enrolled at the University of Liberal Arts in Turin. I find a balance between my love of art and writing combining the two with the concept of space: the boundaries of a page or a canvas. To overcome those limits, during my artistic career I  have explored different techniques and have eventually found my own artistic dimension halfway between informalism, abstract expressionism and matter painting. What isn’t (or not yet) expressible by words acquires the intrinsic connotation of art as seen in my eyes: deprived of any formal sense it encompasses every meaning in the artistic gesture, in the creative act itself. I draw inspiration from multiple and various influences: from the relationship between emotions and shades of colour to considering the body as a space and an instrument of art, from self-examination to the abstract visions of memories or human interactions. During the years I took part in several solo and group exhibitions and  I have been joining AUT (Artisti Uniti Torinesi) an artistic association which gathers painters and illustrators since 2013. Mygoal is to reveal the hidden beauty of the unconscious. 

What kind of work you do and why? 

I’ve always felt the need to communicate. I have never been  concerned about how I could manage to do it but I knew I had to. Art is a need, an  intrinsic necessity. I mostly do mixed media abstract works because I think there are so varied and wide worlds that form just becomes a limit.

I’m not interested in form. I’m interested in content, in matter, in emotions. My works are based on the emotions I feel while I paint, on memories, on human connections and interactions.
What I am, what I feel  during my creative process is the real artistic act.   What we see on the canvas is a simulacrum, it’s the shell of something  that has got lost and  that leaves this trace as evidence. It is not describable  by words and  expressible in no other ways but this one. What I try to do is to touch, to move something inside the viewer, without giving precise directions, through contrasts, colours and different media:  my purpose is to make that moment of introspection  come to light, the moment in which the public is intimately connected with my works of art.

Most of my paintings reflect general human states: they are linked to self- examination and  catharsis, to  the acknowledgement of the human condition and to the awareness of the process of time.

"I’ve always felt the need to communicate. I have never been  concerned about how I could manage to do it but I knew I had to. Art is a need, an  intrinsic necessity. I mostly do mixed media abstract works because I think there are so varied and wide worlds that form just becomes a limit. Abstract art is my idea of bearing reality."

life Uninterrupted by G.H. Rabbath from Italy.

life Uninterrupted by G.H. Rabbath from Italy.

Bio

G.H. Rabbath Ph.D. uses writing and visual art as a performative and participative art action. He taught Cognitive Science and Art Theory in a Beirut University, and his Ph.D. Thesis was referenced in philosopher Jean Clam's Orexis. G.H. Rabbath engaged in several meta-artistic interventions in the art world since 2009 and the publication of 'Can One Man Save the (Art) World'. In 2010 he curated M. Obaidi’s latest show in Art Dubai along side publishing 'Mr Obaidi and the Fair Skies® Corporation' that addressed the neuroscience of racial bias in relation to conceptual art. In 2013 he launched The Better World Project, and on November 28, 2014, was part of the official festivities for the observance of the United Nations' International Year of Justice for the Palestinian People, at U.N. HQ in Beirut where he showed The Better World Project portraits of Palestinians as well as U.N. staff. As of October 2015 year, a special edition of edition of the Better World Project called Signing with Light can be seen in the recently published book The Gulf at OR books on behalf of the GulfLabor.org artist coalition fighting for the rights of migrant labor in the U.A.E. and Gulf countries. In 2016, he launched The Better World Project in Europe. Life Uninterrupted is his latest project using action painting to connect in real time with the viewer, and create a narrative together.

Concept

A large sheet of uninterrupted paper is unrolled in a space. The artist stand near it. People come up to the artist and tell him or give him something of theirs, and their actions and words are acted as semiotraces on the paper. People can choose to interact with the fresh paint of the semiotraces or leave them be. They can choose to interact with the artist, or the other people present or just keep their distance. Words are only spoken to the artist when when near the paper. New paper is unrolled in parallel spaces as more people choose to interact with the artist, until there is no space left.

This is life uninterrupted.

Abstracts by Joseph Grahame from UK.

Abstracts by Joseph Grahame from UK.
An Interview with Joseph Grahame.

Who and from where are you?

My name is Joseph Grahame and I'm an artist from Leeds, UK. My practice is primarily involved with painting and its processes. 

How you got into this?

I began studying art in college and completed an extended diploma in art and design before moving to London to study for a year at Goldsmiths, University of London. After completing that year I moved back to Leeds to study a BA Fine Art at the University of Leeds. I became interested in painters such as Cy Twombly, Gerhard Richter, Callum Innes and Brice Marden among many others. I suppose from there on, my own practice became engaged with abstraction through processes and techniques. What I am most interested in however, is what it means to make paintings now. 

What is your driving force?

I don't know if I have one in particular, but it can range from a lot of different things. Sometimes it can be an idea of how to apply something, or another time it could be something very simple like the desire to use a type of material or paint. It all stems from an interest in experimentation though.

What kind of work you do and why?

I currently make a lot of paintings on canvas and have been doing so for the past few years. I'm very interested in experimenting with different processes in regard to the application of paint, and also how abstraction can occur through using various techniques.

Calm a series of Abstract Paintings by Karin Cutler from Sydney.

Calm a series of Abstract Paintings by Karin Cutler from Sydney.
Looking Back
An Interview with Karin Cutler.

Who and from where are you?

I’m Karin Cutler, a mixed media painter living in Sydney with my husband and two children. I was born in Sweden and spent my early childhood in Stockholm.

How you got into this?

Responding to a strong desire to live a more creative life, I started painting full-time and selling my paintings a few years ago, allowing art to come to the forefront instead of lurking in the sidelines. I have always enjoyed various creative pursuits and eventually found my way to painting, which is now my greatest creative passion.

What is your driving force?

I simply have to paint. It allows me to channel my emotions, express myself, and add meaning. Almost everything around me, be it nature, travels or my everyday life inspires me. I particularly love imperfections, organic shapes, and rough textures: anything from weathered rock formations, bark, the ocean on rainy days, to cracked plaster and peeling paint on old walls. My art passion is consuming, when I’m not painting I’m either reading something art related, looking at art, or thinking about how to work something I’m looking at into my art. It provides me with a wonderful sense of purpose…..and a long to-do list that doesn’t get done!

What kind of work you do and why? 

I love to use mixed media in my painting with varying levels of abstraction. I describe my process as sensory, spontaneous, emotionally guided interactions with the canvas - I paint what I feel rather than what I see. I love to turn up at the canvas with an intention rather than a plan, an emotion, a desire to explore, focusing on the elements of movement, texture and light. I intuitively respond to marks I make, adding layers, covering over, then etching and scratching back to reveal something beneath. I love the viewer to discover new details over time.

Tell Us about your Series "Calm".

‘Calm’ is a continuing series that I paint in response to a need to create peace and tranquility in our frenetic lives. Initially, the marks may be energetic and emotional, then further layers act to create simplicity and calm. Occasionally a hint of a realistic element tries to appear and I may allow that to happen.I hope the viewer will feel a sense of calm and intrigue when looking at this series.

Abstract Paintings by Max Benz from Germany.

Abstract Paintings by Max Benz from Germany.
An Interview with Max Benz.

Who and from where are you?

Max Benz, born 1968 in Cologne/Germany.


How you got into this?

As a child I was drawing quite a lot, but I wanted to become a doctor. Later, shortly before the career as a plastic surgeon was starting to lift off with a study of medicine, I decided to go for arts instead. My dad hated me.  ;)

A good while before that, besides high school, I started an education as a sculptor. My teacher was the sculptor and potter Jo Karl in Cologne, Germany. Later, after a short visit at the arts faculty (philosophy course) in Cologne, I was accepted as a student at the highly renowned Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (academy of fine arts in Düsseldorf/Germany). After a while I decided to change from sculpture to painting and was accepted by Markus Lüpertz as his student. Finally I was awarded by him as his "Meisterschüler" (master class student). Since leaving the academy in 1998 I live and work as a professional painter and sculptor in Cologne/Germany.

Abstract Paintings by Edith Lüthi from Switzerland.

Abstract Paintings by Edith Lüthi from Switzerland.
Up from the Deep
An Interview with Edith Lüthi.


Who and from where are you?

Mein Name ist Edith Lüthi.Geboren März 1957 Ich lebe in der Schweiz.

How you got into this?

Ich begann mit ca. 30 Jahren zu malen.ca. 4 Jahre besuchte ich einen Malkurs nach Martenod. In mir wuchs die Sehnsucht meinen eigenen Ausdruck zu finden so ging ich auf die Suche. Besuchte div. andere Kurse um neue Techniken kennen zu lernen. Musik und Tanz war lange meine Begleitung während des Malprozesses. Auf meiner Suche nach meiner Bildsprache fand ich den Weg zu Trancetrommeln, Trancetanz. Bei Cambra Skadé fand ich dann einen tieferen Zugang zu meiner Seele. Ich absolvierte eine 3 jährige Ausbildung zu Maltherapeutin - nur für mich - ohne das Ziel als
Maltherapeutin arbeiten zu wollen. Auch dies ein sehr tiefer, nicht immer einfacher Lernprozess zu mir selbst. So fand ich über viele Jahre mehr und mehr zu meiner Bildsprache.

Abstract Paintings by Shellie Garber from USA.

Abstract Paintings by Shellie Garber from USA.
Hold On Tight - Mixed media on paper
From the Brush of Artist - Hello, my name is Shellie Garber and I am from Portland Oregon, USA.

I began abstract painting about a year and a half ago. My mother is an artist and teacher and I grew up in an artistic family. My parents were always very creative. I sort of went the other direction with my career and became a registered nurse. I love the sciences including math and chemistry. I wanted a career with a dependable paycheck because I had seen my parents who are self-employed struggle at times to make ends meet. I always thought that I was mostly left brain inclined. However, one day, about a year and a half ago, I was visiting my mothers studio while she was painting. I told her I thought it looked like fun. She basically challenged me to create an abstract painting just to see what I would come up with, so I did. I absolutely fell in love with the process and I actually really liked my first painting too!  From that moment forward I was hooked. I went out and bought some paints, paper, and a couple of small canvases and began to paint. I am completely self-taught. My mother has offered several painting tips, but she has always encouraged me to find my own way. I mostly have learned to paint through daily practice, exploring, experimenting and playing. I watch online painting videos and I view lots and lots of images of abstract art. I have several favorite abstract artists that continue to inspire me. Cy Twombly and Margaret Mitchell are among my favorites.

I utilize several mediums in my paintings, including acrylic, oil, pencil, oul pastel, collage and spray paint. I paint pretty much every day, and have since I began. If I don't get to paint on a particular day I feel anxious. Painting allows me to work out my emotions, to bring forth and release the tension and stress of the day. It is very cathartic and relaxing for me. I dream about painting while I sleep and think about it throughout the day. You could say I am somewhat obsessed!!

I particularly enjoy abstract painting because there are no limits. Abstraction is a language of shapes, colors, textures and marks that I find beautiful and mysterious. I very much love communicating with the world in this unique way. I have recently begun to show in local art galleries in Portland Oregon. I have had three gallery exhibitions so far.