Antonio Basso´s new abstract art painting.
The history of this new abstract art painting goes as follows:
1. José de Ibarra, a prestigious contemporary art gallerist, art dealer and owner of an exclusive art gallery guide, comes to my studio for the first time; likes what he sees, and asks me to make bigger abstract art paintings. He believes the results will be good. I agree…
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2. I visit another modern art gallerist who does not like my art that much and subtly says “you need to refine it”… Sometimes shit happens, but you learn from it ;).
3. After the above, I start making some abstract drawings. I use hemp strings that I directly sew to the thick and beautiful paper I´m using for his matter. I like the resulting abstract, simple and linear drawings. My inspiration is still the “tension concept” I´ve been developing for the last months.
The below pictures are not as good as I would like. Sorry. Step by step, they show the process I´ve followed. Hope you enjoy it.
The above is the abstract drawing where it all started. By the way, it´s one of my most refined drawings ever :). (As I said before, when shit happens you never know if it will finally help you)
Then, I bought a huge and heavy 130x190x4 cms burlap canvas; draw some master lines; and started incorporating different hemp strings that I tied and introduced through the burlap.
I kept tying strings and started sewing ´till I got the composition I liked. The process, believe me or not, is like painting.
Then comes the color and the material (marble powder). I added different tone layers of an acrylic and marble powder mixture. I applied the painting with brushes, directly from the tube, and directly from my hands.
Then more sewing, rips that needed to be sewed, more strings, and more layers above them all. The process usually goes on until I get the color tone and composition I like (see the below picture).
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What creative process, if any, do you follow as a contemporary artist? Please add you comments, ideas and thoughts below.
ps: Until May 31st you still have time to add the name or names of your most admired XXth century abstract painter. (278 people have already added their preferences). Thks for collaborating.
May 27, 2012 - 8:19 pm
I do like the final work. However, I see no hint of “abstraction”. What is being abstracted?
“Strictly speaking, it refers to art unconcerned with the literal depiction of things from the visible world—it can, however, refer to an object or image which has been distilled from the real world, or indeed, another work of art. Artwork that reshapes the natural world for expressive purposes is called abstract.”
May 28, 2012 - 5:48 pm
Hello Lloyd. First of all let me thank you for adding your thoughts. I like critics when they are respectfully done (like yours).
Let me answer your question. So far I have always tryed to abstract concepts. The ones I´ve been working on for the last 2 years are tension, accumulation and massification. In this painting I try to focus on tension (this is why I use strings that I tye (to reinforce the tension concept) as well as others that I sew in the burlap when it breaks due to the whole canvas tension.
Again, thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts and feel free to add the creative process you follow when creating.
May 28, 2012 - 3:42 pm
Thanks for the post.
I always like to hear an artist describe the process – so far as it can be described.
I like the finished product, too.
May 28, 2012 - 5:11 pm
Hello Sheldon, thanks for commenting on this blog. See you around soon
This is the link to a previous post I´m working on. Please collaborate and add your preferences.http://yasoypintor.com/2012/04/22/the-10-most-admired-xxth-century-abstract-painters-preliminary-results/
May 31, 2012 - 5:10 pm
This was really good seeing how your artwork evolved. Thanks for sharing that. Sometimes I meet artists who are secretive about their process. This was refreshing. Intense and beautiful finished piece.
May 31, 2012 - 10:00 pm
Hello Debbie, I guess that each artist has his/her own codes. In my case I like whatching how my peaces evolve. I like seing and analyzing the process. It helps me better understand what I do. Thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts.
July 28, 2012 - 7:31 pm
Congratulations Antonio. I love the final result. By the way, is it on sale?
July 29, 2012 - 8:42 am
Hello German, thanks for sharing your thoughts about this painting. I´m sad to tell you that the painting is already sold. Thanks a lot for your interest.