About the Color Field Images

According to Wikipedia, Color Field painting is a style of abstract painting that emerged in New York City during the 1940s and 1950s. It was inspired by European modernism and closely related to abstract expressionism, while many of its notable early proponents were among the pioneering abstract expressionists. Color field is characterized primarily by large fields of flat, solid color spread across or stained into the canvas creating areas of unbroken surface and a flat picture plane. The movement places less emphasis on gesture, brushstrokes and action in favor of an overall consistency of form and process. In color field painting “color is freed from objective context and becomes the subject in itself.

The images in this gallery are inspired by those color field painters of the 40s and 50s.  The common thread through these images is that they are all the painted walls of various buildings in the American West and Southwest.  The context of those buildings has been removed and any sense of depth eliminated.  Remaining is the texture of the wall and paint, the effects of the ambient light, and the impact of edges and corners in the walls.


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