Friday, April 5, 2013

E is for Expressionism

Expressionism 30 yrs of it in this painting.
History and the dictionary will tell you Expressionism started in the early 20th century, most notably in poetry and painting.  I don’t buy it.  The playwrights of ancient Greece or the middle ages with their satire towards the government may have something to say about that.
With expressionism we present the world from our unique, subjective perspective often distorting it to evoke emotions or ideas from our audience.  For an artist, musician or writer this is a good thing and should not be tempered.  With expressionism we unmask our fears, loves, hatreds and just about any other emotion we may have about the subject of our work. 

Too often, especially in visual arts I hear an artist say I hope the audience understood the message I wanted to convey.  If you have to ask that question then you haven't put all your emotions into your work.

Rule #4 Expressionism, express yourself, get in touch with your inner feelings and don’t be afraid to put them into your work.


Elise Fallson said...

Love your artwork Bill. My father is an artist as well, but he's old school and paints with oils on canvas. I'm a big fan of his and maybe just a little biased. (:
Anyway, rule #4 is something that can be applied to writing as well. I'm glad to have stumbled onto your site. Looking forward to reading your previous posts.

John Wiswell said...

Strange, I've only encountered formal expressionism critiques for painting, never in literature or drama. The fetish for perspective is certainly deep in modernism and post-modernism, but we know it existed before. Dante's Divine Comedy is ripe with it.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

That piece is both beautiful and haunting. Thanks for sharing!

Happy A-Z!

Editor and Publisher Shelly Burke said...

Your paintings are beautiful! As one who has no ability in drawing or painting, I admire those who do. Thank you for sharing your work and thoughts!

Ida Chiavaro said...

You certainly evoked an emotion or two in me with this little girl. It's stunning