Neo Expressionism


Feb. 12, 213,


In this weeks article Neo-Expressionism, I found it to be helpful to define Neo-Expressionism and Expressionism before I even continued to read the article, because I was not able to grasp a clot of impressionable details of the two types of art. So in my searching, I did get a vivid description of the differences and similarities between them. First I found the description of Neo-Expressionism to be “intellectualized, portraying recognizable objects and the human body,” says Rafael Labro in the article He describes ideas about Neo-Expressionisms purpose of aggressive mass media and the intensity of colours. The intensity of the neo-expressionism art like the beautiful Damien Hirst picture of the butterflies called “Soothsayer,” has vivid colors but not necessarily bold in the sense of bright. The unique quality of these artists work was that it was familiar and simple. Another example was Labro’s “Lona Misa.” The picture was obviously supposed to be a take off of the famous “Mona Lisa” masterpiece so it was interesting to compare the two in my mind.

In contrast, Expressionism art is described as deformative or distorted painting, or in other words abstract art. Not only was it abstract, but the exaggerated shapes were depicting the emotions and state of mind of the artist. Some pictures looked very much like “hallucinating” and maybe strong feelings of anger or confusion. Like Jackson Pollack who was not in our artical this week but was very interesting in my researching. “On the floor I am more at ease, I feel nearer, more a part of the painting, since this way I can walk around in it, work from the four sides and be literally `in’ the painting. ”
— Jackson Pollock, 1947. The expressionism art is very abstract on a large scale with very vivid colors. I actually love some abstract art because of the unique, bizarre thoughts someone was thinking of and they were able to recreate it to share. They are not afraid to use large areas for their canvas.

The significance of the two types of art is that I see how they can overlap in the sense that I have seen neo-expressionism on larger scaled canvas’ with simple yet extremely vivid colours. I believe exaggerated emotions, in an artists work doesn’t always mean it is visually abstract. I think the critics want to protect their “labor intensive signature styles” and do not want other artists to mimic their unique art.

Artist: Rafael Labro
Art: Third Eye; Gemini 4; & Lona Misa

Artist: Damien Hirst
Art: Soothsayer

Artist: Jackson Pollock / Abstract Expressionism
Art: The Tea Cup

By: Beverly

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