Anabel's Update - April 2009
This article from The Herald Times
Bloomington galleries display abstract art at Friday receptionsBy Kristina Wood April 2, 2009
A wash of color, swirls, lines and shapes sweep across a blank canvas. At a glance, they evoke emotion or thought. But the topic is in the eye of the beholder.
Abstract art can prompt a passers-by to mutter “my kid could do that!” But what may look like random smatterings are actually careful compositions.
Wassily Kandinsky, an abstract painter of the first half of the 20th century, said: “Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colors, and that you be a true poet.” In abstract paintings, objects themselves may be abstracted, as Picasso might have done, or have no discernible subject at all.
The new exhibit “Absolutely Abstract” at Gallery North showcases art by four abstract artists who are gallery members. Some layer different media together; others’ works are born from calculated algorithms.
Says the press release: “Anabel Hopkins paints in the
Abstract Expressionist style (non-objective), creating over-sized, colorful
room-focus works. Lee Chapman works with his computer as a tool. Coming from the
scientific community, he applies algorithmic procedures to create beautiful geometric designs in what
he calls ‘vector graphics.’ Carolyn Rogers Richard is a watercolor painter who
uses experimental techniques on paper, including mixed media to create flowing
designs. Jeanne Iler builds abstracted designs based on landscapes or still life
with mixed media (including collages of paint, paper and other materials.)
Anabel, Carolyn and Jeanne, like most abstract artists, have lengthy careers as
traditional painters, as well, which they still pursue.”
The abstract style is apparent in clothing patterns and in paintings and drawings that populate walls of restaurants, book stores, offices and art fairs.
Inspirations include the works of renowned artists such as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, who specialized in “action painting,” where paint is brushed, troweled, dripped or thrown on to the canvas, while keeping composition in mind.
The Gallery North show “demonstrates a broad range of abstract art to interest to any art viewer who wants to learn more about the world of abstract,” the release continues.
Abstract art also lets each viewer decide what they’re seeing.
“I don’t like to give answers, but rather relish the question,” Patrick Donley says in another exhibit announcement. His show, “Floating or Falling,” is on display at Wandering Turtle Gallery, in the space neighboring Gallery North in the Wicks Building on Sixth.
“Colorful abstract forms teeter and tumble aloft with a delicate, tenuous balance,” the e-mail says. Are the forms floating, or falling? are they heavy, solid, large, small, hot, cold, close or far?
It leaves it up to each person standing in front of the works to decide.
Anabel's Update - January 2009
My large oil abstracted landscape
“Harrodsburg Pond” was juried into a special show co-sponsored by Sycamore Land
Trust and Gallery North in
My abstract “Moving Figure” was
juried into the Midwest National Abstract Show held in the early fall at
This summer and fall I was
invited to teach abstract classes to guests at the recently reopened West Baden
Hotel in southern
Paintings displayed at the
Indiana American Society of Interior Designers trade show in
An abstract commission painted for a Lake Monroe Bloomington home was completed. It was fun matching color samples for a good interior design statement. My husband Harry built the canvas support to order in the exact size the homeowner desired.
Thanks to Chateau Thomas Winery
Author Mark Butterfield has invited me to be a featured artist in his upcoming hard cover book “Hoosier Painters of the 21st Century.” This book provides biographies and images from artists painting in the Hoosier tradition. I will update everyone upon publication.
Now, I am preparing for my
Abstract Show to take place at Gallery North on the Square in
You are welcome to visit my home
studio, Les Nympheas, in rural
June 3, 2008