The work of digital illustrator Tony Rodriguez infuses flat color with a bold line to convey a sense of spontaneity and simplicity. Although the art is created digitally, it has the look of traditional pen and ink gestural and expressionistic drawings. Tony’s work has been exhibited at Kaleisia Gallery, Studio 1212 Art Gallery, The Plainsmen Gallery, Wandering Star Gallery, Firehouse Gallery and Harborside Studios.
Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 1, 1948 Medium: Ink on paper Object number: 639.1987 The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA, NYC)
Description from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: “
Beginning in about 1948, Robert Motherwell made works that would evolve
into an ongoing series of over one hundred painted variations on a theme
that he called Elegies to the Spanish Republic. Initially inspired by
the Spanish Civil War as well as by the poetry of Harold Rosenberg and
Federico García Lorca, the real subject of Motherwell’s Elegies is not
any particular literary source or political event but rather a general
meditation on life and death. Although specific paintings may express
an individual spirit, or “tone voice,” they remain a family group,
related to one another by subject and by similarities in composition and
format. In all of these paintings, the horizontal white canvas is
rhythmically divided by two or three freely drawn vertical bars and
punctuated at various intervals by ovoid forms, creating a structure
seemingly heraldic in nature. The paintings are almost always composed
entirely of black and white—the colors of mourning and radiance, of
death and life. Motherwell has remarked on the entanglement of these
forces in these works, as a metaphor for his understanding of the
experience of living.
Motherwell’s Elegies of the 1960s
reflect his Abstract Expressionist affiliations in the gestural,
painterly treatment of form, the rapid execution, and the integration of
accidental effects, such as spattered paint.”
The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA, NYC)
Poetry in painting:
I knew who had sent them in those
Green cases Who doesn’t lose his mind will receive Like me That wire in my neck up to the ear.
“Engine” (2014) is part of a series of large-scale paintings incorporating neon elements that Mary Weatherford began in 2012. Working with a vinyl-based acrylic paint that is both translucent and richly pigmented, Weatherford created a range of painterly effects, from thin, layered washes to denser, more heavily worked passages. She then added the drawing-like lines of neon. The work relates to color-field paintings in our collection by Helen Frankenthaler and Morris Louis, as well as to gestural abstract expressionist canvases by Willem de Kooning and Joan Mitchell and neon works by Chryssa.
Louise Bourgeois in her studio, circa 1946. Photo: Louise Bourgeois Archive.
Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) produced a body of work that consistently and profoundly engaged with psychoanalytic theory and practice. While Surrealists may have tapped into dream imagery and Abstract Expressionists linked gestural spontaneity to the unconscious, Bourgeois’s art offers insight into the linkage between the creative process and its cathartic function.
The work of digital illustrator Tony Rodriguez infuses flat color with a bold line to convey a sense of spontaneity and simplicity. Although the art is created digitally, it has the look of traditional pen and ink gestural and expressionistic drawings. Tony’s work has been exhibited at Kaleisia gallery, Studio 1212 Art Gallery, The Plainsmen Gallery, Wandering Star Gallery, Firehouse Gallery and Harborside Studios.