abstract expressionism

Jax Big Beige, Abstract Expressionism to Ponder, Explore, Die For

Jax Big Beige is a large piece privately held in a home on Lake Virginia, Winter Park, Florida. The style is Abstract Expressionism after the inspiration of Jackson Pollock.

53″ x 77″ acrylic poured technique
on stretched canvas

Pondering life is a mental and emotional exercise in philosophy. You don’t have to be old, genius, or highly educated to do it. Abstract Expressionism became an epoch of art history that falls between 1946 and 1956. This is the period of Pollock and his “poured” masterpieces defined the category. But Abstract Expressionism is more of a group of people than a genre of art. It was, “a style that fit the political climate and the intellectual rebelliousness of the era.” (Wikipedia).

So I suppose aside from replicating the style of artists like Pollock, it is impossible to be an abstract expressionist painter today. There are different genres today. Jackson Pollock “realized that the journey toward making a work of art was as important as the work of art itself.” (ibid.)

I don’t care what the technique is called, all I know is there is something special about spreading a large canvas on the floor and painting it from all directions. Except for me, it is done on the ground outside. Often innocent bugs become immortalized that way.

Every time a painting like this is viewed, the perspective seems to change. To me abstract expressionism is about change. It never looks or feels the same. It is never boring.

A person I love always says . . .

The only thing you can count on is change.

This same truism is expressed by Terry Brooks in his book, Talismans of Shannara (p.449) . . .

The inevitability of change is the sole constant of life.

It’s one of those deeper thoughts that’s almost universal, although some of us recognize it later in life than others. Here are two other paintings I created in my Jax series:




Jax White Enlightens, Enthralls, Entertains

Jax White is a expression of a clear path and a bright future. The living lines and colors represent the inner activity of the soul, an unrestrained presence of life surging forward. Yet there is evidence of a raging struggle, perhaps a bit of anger. The lines criss-cross with what seems to be a random movement, but the synchronization of the whole remains intact.

I’m not certain of the vision of Pollock, but I know what is in me. With Jax White, I respond to that inner force and participate in the action of painting. The only thing that transcends the vigorous process is the satisfaction when it is complete. That is when I stand back and wonder what happened. Never quite fully able to know, the feeling is overwhelming and inspiring. The deep inspiration drives me forward to the next project and the next after that. If I cannot glean this passion, I cannot paint.

26″ x 18″ acrylic on oakwood
poured on a 2″ deep wooden box-frame
# 16-006

The path is the way and clearly all things are in position for change.

After Jackson Pollack. Abstract Expressionism (1946 – 1956).

Pollack is known as the creator of “Action Painting,” usually done on very large canvas. Ed was born in the middle of this era and has managed to replicate the style in a smaller format. But his largest piece (53″ x 77″) is on display in Kell’s condo in Winter Park. This painting, Jax White, can definitely be re-created in a larger format, the size does not matter.

Jax White

Since I got the studio all messy, it only made sense to do a pair. Double the fun! Purchase as a pair with “Jax Black,” and get the diptych for $650. Call me at 407.267.6977 for this $50 savings.

ABOUT the artist, Ed Lowe
His art is available to purchase at KellGrace Salon, 110 S. Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789.

Jax Black Penetrates Darkness, Engulfs All Things

Jax Black is an example of abstract expressionism inspired by the 20th century artist, Jackson Pollock. Using the drip technique is challenging and messy, but I had fun creating it. The dark background emits an aura of despair and loneliness. The only thing that can overcome darkness is light. All of the colors trailing the wooden surface represent pathways and byways of life and energy. They stand out in brilliant contrast to the darkness.

In 1939, Pollock began visiting a Jungian analyst to treat his alcoholism, and his analyst encouraged him to create drawings. These would later feed his paintings, and they shaped Pollock’s understanding of his pictures not only as outpourings of his own mind, but expressions that might stand for the terror of all modern humanity living in the shadow of nuclear war.

Since I do not struggle with addictions, nor do I fear nuclear war, I need another source to feed my creative spirit. I find that in Christ and the Scriptures. Jax Black is my interpretation of a dark setting with light overwhelming it.

26″ x 18″ acrylic on oakwood
poured on a wooden frame
with 2″ deep wooden box-frame
# 16-007

Darkly the path transcends ethereal realities for a new future.

After Jackson Pollock. Abstract Expressionism (1946 – 1956). For what it’s worth, I was born in 1951, exactly in the middle of that movement. I admit it is difficult to get into the mind of Pollock, but I admire the energy and passion of this great artist. He painted in an old barn near East Hampton, on Long Island, New York. It is interesting that being in nature brought out such divergent artwork compared to Vincent van Gogh.

Jax Black

… A major figure in the abstract expressionist movement.  Wikipedia

Jackson Pollock was a primary influence in the abstract expressionist era. His style was revolutionary as he would splash, throw, and drip paint unto a canvas. He had fame and fortune during his short life, but sadly alcoholism killed him in a car crash. He was married to Lee Krasner, another artist of the era and the steward of his legacy.

Purchase as a pair with “Jax White,” and get the diptych for $650. Call me at 407.267.6977 for this $50 savings.

ABOUT the artist, Ed Lowe
His art is available to purchase at KellGrace Salon, 110 S. Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789.