Staring at the wall – a case of abstract expressionism…

Do you ever find yourself staring at a wall transfixed?

Whilst exploring wallpaper options for a client I found this amazing design, Expressions by Mr Perswall.

 

Bedroom with “Expressions” Wallpaper by Mr Perswall (image from Mr Perswall)

 

The design has an abstract quality that is full of life.

Although it is neutral in tone it has a depth to it and a feeling of real magic…

 

Expressions Wallpaper by Mr Perswall (image from Mr Perswall)

 

Maybe what captivates me is that I feel the same emotions as when I see the work of the legendary Mark Rothko.

 

Painting by Mark Rothko at the Tate Modern exhibition (image from the Tate Modern)

 

Painting by Mark Rothko at the Tate Modern exhibition (image by Graeme Robertson for The Guardian)

 

When people talk about abstract expressionism the name Jackson Pollock closely follows. Although often paired with Pollock, Rothko’s style is completely different.

Pollock’s style was much more experimental which saw him working from all four sides of the canvas and the development of his “Drip” paintings.

On the flip side of the coin, Rothko used much more traditional techniques to create his abstract works. His work is more based around collections of rectangular shapes in different colours.

 

No 10 (1950) by Mark Rothko (image from WikiPaintings)

 

Earth and Green (1955) by Mark Rothko (image from WikiPaintings)

 

Untitled (1959) by Mark Rothko (image from WikiPaintings)

 

Blue and Grey (1970) by Mark Rothko (image from WikiPaintings)

 

There are many theories as to how this collective style came about.

I think that it was a case of timing. It was the end of WWII, the world was reeling from the bloodshed and horror. People had witnessed the destruction of the two atomic bombs and no doubt there was the sudden realisation that mankind was now quite capable of not only destroying itself but the whole world with it.

If ever there was a time for introspection and reflection, it was then…

Abstract expressionism was the result of talented artists looking for a new way to express the world they were part of and encapsulate the very real feelings of the time.

 

 

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