Hard Edge Painting with Sarasota twist


After long and happy career as a business coach, I discovered, very recently, my passion for painting.

It came suddenly and it was huge surprise, as I’ve never felt any inklings that there is an artist inside of me.

And surprisingly, right from the start I knew my style. Abstracts in strong colors, on the cool side of the spectrum, flat surface, hard lines.

No flowers, no people, no landscapes.
Just abstract.

British critic Lawrence Alloway coined a name for this style: “Hard Edge Painting”. He used it to describe contemporary American geometric abstract painting featuring an “economy of form,” “fullness of color,” “neatness of surface,” and the nonrelational, allover arrangement of forms on the canvas.

This is what I want to paint.
Exactly that.

Come to think, it is not THAT surprising. I grew up in Poland, back when the country was still behind the iron curtain. Everything around was gray and drabby. My parents made me also wear gray and drabby clothes. I was yearning to have something colorful around. One of my cherished things on the bookshelf was an empy can of Pepsi Cola. I loved that look of strong cool colors.

This style of geometric abstraction refers back to the work of Josef Albers and Piet Mondrian. Artists associated with Hard-edge painting include Al Held, Ellsworth Kelly, Alexander Liberman, Brice Marden, Kenneth Noland, Ad Reinhardt, and Jack Youngerman.

EXHIBITIONS
2019 June-July – Art Works
Juried exhibition
ArtCenter Manatee, Bradenton FL

2019 June-July – Totally Natural
Juried exhibition
Venice Art Center, Venice, FL

2019 May-June – Made Fresh
Juried exhibition
Sarasota Art Center, Sarasota FL

2019 April
Pelican Cove Art Show, Sarasota