Henry Yann work is similar in subject matter to Warner's work in that he paints the figure abstractly evoking emotions. He differs in his approach and medium focusing on value instead of line. His application of oil paint and color palette creates a softens in his work. This affect is a challenge in my work using acrylic paint. He contrast the softness with quick harsh brushstrokes to create intensity. I am working on this contrast in my current pieces softness verses harshness to create intensity.
In the first piece he immerses the figure into the background which is what I am working on in my current work. I am interested in the idea of human interaction with it's surroundings. I have felt so isolated at times in my life while going through traumatic events. Most people go through some traumatic event in their life time whether personally or through a loved one. I want my work to inspire connections and conversations on an emotional level about life experiences. Being able to connect with others is a vital part of my work and what motivates me to create.
I chose this artist Cliff Warner this week because I am working with the figure in my own work. I admire his line quality and how he incorporates the background into the figure yet still keeping the figure important. I am going to screen print in my figure just in areas in order to connect the figure with it's surroundings. I think that we as humans are and should be connected to the space that surrounds us. Sometimes because of technology we feel isolated somewhat and I want to show more of a connectiveness with our surroundings. I feel an emotional response when I look at his work and that is what I want to evoke in my work. I have always been interested in the expressing the human emotion in an abstract way. i have always been fascinated in what makes people do and think the way they do. I am a problem solver by instinct and trying to understand the human psyche is important in my work. Since my work is about sharing human emotions to turbulent experiences Warner's work ties in with this theme.
My recent work is also working with a limited palate which Warner also works with. I intend to create figures more abstract in the future that's why I included the last artwork. I love the brush strokes, line quality and expressiveness of the peice against a very simplified background. Sometimes less is more and that is what I am striving for. My own work starts out complicate and chaotic then I go back in and simplify them down. My goal is to start out more simplified then create some tension and contrast without over complicating the work. I am constantly challenging myself with different materials to create different affects. I like his use of acrylic paint, pastels and conte crayon as I include these mediums in my work. I also like the softness and gentleness of his work. My work tends to be more intense so maybe I can create a contrast with a soft background and a more intense figure or soft figure with an intense background.
Boylan combines nature and the human figure. I love his use of color and the actions of his figures. He does not focus on the face which I also like. It is all about the action and feelings of the figure and how color relates to the figures. In the first artwork he combines the foreground and background together so that we are not sure where one ends and one begins. I can relate to this piece more in my own work. Because my work has so much organic shapes within in them I like how he adds geometric shapes. I use fabric in my latest works and want to cut them into more geometric shapes with crisp lines to help create value. His work inspires me because it helps me to see a more clear direction I want to go in my own work.
Jylian combines the effects of modern technology with traditional techniques. I like her use of photo shop and illustration. Her figures are so important in the compositions. I also like her color palettes and abstract backgrounds. One of my biggest challenges is trying to decide what I want to do in the background. I like how she combines her colors in the figures and extends them to the background while always leaving some space to create a clear focal point. I struggle with leaving space in my work and it is one of my goals in m recent work to leave more places for the viewer to rest their eyes. I tend to overextend the figures on the canvas and I am trying not to do this. I use drips which she uses also effectively. I think the drips in her paintings are blended more with the colors used which I will try in some of my paintings.
Her philosophy is "It's not what you look at...It's what you see". I was taught in undergrad drawing classes to draw what you see not what you know. It was a valuable lesson even to date in painting. Her work is also about human personality and perception. I also like her color palette it is similar to my works. She carves and works the canvas as I do. I love the organic textures she creates. I especially love the blending techniques. She creates just enough depth to be interesting. It's called Loft Artwork, but I see so much more.