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Abstract art, by definition, can be a painting or sculpture (including assemblage) that does not depict a person, place or thing in the natural world — even in an extremely distorted or exaggerated way. Therefore, the subject of the work is based on what you see: color, shapes, brushstrokes, size, scale and, in some cases, the process.
A distinction can be made between abstract art which is geometric, and abstract art that is more fluid. Also generally classified with abstract art are figurative abstractions. Figurative abstractions are abstractions or simplifications of reality, where detail is eliminated from recognizable objects.
The most important art movements which contributed to the development of contemporary abstract art were Impressionism and Expressionism. Expressionist painters explored the daring use of texture, drawing exaggerations, and intense color. Expressionist art was emotionally charged paintings that were reactions to and perceptions of contemporary experience. The art was about a feeling and not about the subject matter per se. Post Impressionists Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne helped lead to the formation of contemporary abstract art as we know it today.
Contemporary abstract art, while pioneered in the early 20th century, is as popular as ever today. Dan Strothers creates his art from wood, stone and/or metal and arranges these elements in organic forms to stimulate the viewer to think about both the past and the future. The materials used have been born in the belly of stars and have “seen” and been part of all that has gone before. The project begins with a search for the correct wood to stimulate a visual image in the artist’s mind’s eye followed by a feeling. Mr. Strothers uses intensely concentrated pigments to achieve the high contrasts that make his contemporary abstracts unique. In the end, when an image is put into form, it takes on a life of its own.
Dan Strothers contemporary original art and sculpture have been featured in art galleries and museums across Florida and the United States. The artist has shown in galleries and exhibitions in these Florida cities: Sarasota, Bradenton, Naples, Miami, Palm Beach Gardens, Jacksonville, Tampa and St. Petersburg. Mr. Strothers has also exhibited his wooden abstractions and sculpture in numerous other states via art gallery, juried exhibition or museum exhibition. For the corporate art buyer, Dan Strothers has placed numerous works and is always willing to consider corporate commissions. Please click the “Exhibitions” tab on any page of the web site for full details.
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