Tag: geometric abstraction

In the Spotlight: Kicki

WHO

I have never studied art, I am all self taught. I am an artist, that was born in Berlin and lived in Hong Kong and London. No doubt my past has shaped me in beautiful ways. Now after working in the corporate world for some time, I re-discovered my love for art and I can not wait to see where this journey takes me.

WHAT + WHY

Art is my happy place, where I can create what and when I want. I gives me joy and I want to share that joy with other people and fellow artists. I have always been creative, even at a young age. But it is only now that I invest the time in myself to truly explore my skills and passion.

STYLE

I am at home with geometric shapes. But I always try to push the boundaries a little, add irritating small elements that make the painting that much more interesting. Mixing geometrics with fluid abstract shapes is next.

GOALS

I want to create beautiful art to make people smile, stop, wonder, think, look deeper, let their mind wonder and take them places. I want them to take time to appreciate a piece of art in a busy world like todays hectic environment.

PHILOSOPHY

Keep putting in the work, the rest will follow.

Thank you, Kicki.

Artist page

Instagram: @simply_kicki_art

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In the Spotlight: Nurit Krausz

WHO

My love of painting has accompanied me my entire life, but besides a short stint at art school in my early twenties, my career has developed in other directions (PhD in physics, finance). My art allows me to combine the math and logic, expressed by the bold geometric forms, with my emotions that are reflected by the sensuality of the vivid oil paints.

WHAT + WHY

In 2020 I have experienced tragic events that caused me to reconsider my life goals, and I have decided to invest myself into what I love: my art. My painting style has also changed from the purely aesthetic and became more expressive with figurative and symbolic touches, reflecting my emotions and allowing for liberation and personal growth.

STYLE

The style of my painting is abstract, geometric and colorful, with an emphasis on a combination of shape and color that express an idea or a theme. My art allows me to combine the math and logic, expressed by the bold geometric forms, with my emotions that are reflected by the sensuality of the vivid oil paints. A lot of my paintings begin with a basic plan in mind, sometime sketched in pencil. However as I start with the oils, it can go anywhere.

GOALS

When I paint, my goal is always to be surprised and to discover something new that I didn’t know I had in me. It is almost a mystical experience. I want to be surprised by the result, to discover a mood, or a feeling, or an ability that I wasn’t aware of.

PHILOSOPHY

The worst enemy of creativity is fear. I try to always be brave when I paint.

Thank you, Nurit.

Artist page

Instagram: @nurit.krausz

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In the Spotlight: Chris Daniels

WHO

Lives and works in London, graduate of Loughborough University (2001-4) and Royal Academy Schools (2005-8).

WHAT + WHY

I make abstract paintings concerned with the principles of colour and form. I often work in series, using the same forms and systems in different compositions and colours, keeping to the rules I set for the sequence, altering the optical rhythms through these decisions. The paintings are an ongoing investigation into the effectiveness of the colour choice channelled through a self-restrained structure.

STYLE

I use masking tape as a tool to create forms, often hard-edged, which contain the painting gesture. The forms and rules of the paintings may remain fixed throughout a sequence of works, using different colour combinations.

GOALS

I aim to show the power of form and colour combinations, and how this can affect optical stimulation.

PHILOSOPHY

Not as such, but I believe the best painting comes from a clear direction or intent more than execution.

Thank you very much, Chris.

Artist page

Instagram: @chris_daniels_art

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In the Spotlight: Juan Jose Hoyos Quiles

Hello Juan Jose. Please tell us something about your career.

I’m an abstract, geometric, hard-edge painter, working on canvas, wood panels, and paper. My paintings are fueled by my love of abstraction which I have been interested in from a very young age. The practice of making them has involved experimenting with many schools of art and diverse art movements from the early 1900s to the present.

My work has been evolving and transforming over a number of years and has fluctuated back and forth among different ideas, all of them in the abstract model. During this period of discovery, my main areas of interest became the Concrete, Minimalist, Reductive, Geometric, and Hard Edge Schools.

How do you work?

I experiment with color juxtaposition, space, and rhythm often listening to music ranging from the jazz singer Billie Holiday, to contemporary jazz piano, disco, and even House dance music. Although I’m what you might call a mature artist, my spirit is young. I relate to painting as if it were a dance, trying to understand new steps between color and geometry. There are never any hints of gestures or marks in my work.

The paintings are distilled, organized, elegant. I often work in pairs and I have a recurring series called Concrete Compositions based on the theories of Theo van Doesburg who in 1930 described painting that should refer to nothing other than itself: I work intuitively and never work from drawings or studies. One painting influences the other. I put one color down and the next color is a response to the previous. If it doesn’t work, the paint is scraped down and overpainted, but I never reveal any traces. My process is slow but deliberate until I find the perfect balance in the composition that I’m working on.

How do you define your personal style?

I’ve never been a believer in having a particular “style” or gimmick and doing that for 40 years. My paintings are abstract compositions using the vocabulary of Suprematism, Constructivism, De Stijl, Minimalism, Hard Edge painting, and Geometric Abstraction. The paintings are about structure, surface, precision, paint as paint, ambiguity, intuition, improvisation, graphics, signage, design, and coherent organization.

All of this information is re-arranged and re-appropriated into new interpretations, conceptual hybrids, and juxtapositions. My painting technique involves a mixture of acrylic paint, matte medium, and gesso on canvas, paper, or wood, giving the work a matte flat finish similar to gouache paint, creating the great depth of color that I prefer. I then finish the work with a couple of coats of satin varnish which transforms the matte colors to a brilliant opaqueness.

Do you have specific goals concerning your work as an artist?

My intentions are to force a new dialogue inherent to abstraction that started in the early 1900s and continues to be relevant to this day. I hope that when a viewer sees my work, they get a feeling of simplicity, harmony, order, and rhythm. I want to continue to paint and build my body of work. I would like to expand the number of collectors who want to add my work to their collections. And I would certainly look forward to more opportunities to exhibit.

What does it mean to you to be an artist?

Being an artist to me is the same as breathing. You have to do it or you will not exist. I paint because I have to. I’m at the age where I don’t depend on sales to subsist, but I enjoy the satisfaction when someone gets what I’m doing and wants to purchase it. My paintings are in many private collections across the U.S. and Europe. One of my recent sales went to a collector in The Netherlands. It took three months to arrive because of the delays in shipping due to the CoVid pandemic.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?

No, I think I’ve said enough and I want to thank hardedger for the feature.

Many thanks Juan Jose.

Artist page

Web: juanjosehoyosquiles.com

Instagram: @juanjosehoyosquiles

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