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Meet the Artist- GARY MENZEL
Menzel Abstract Art

 

Biography/Artist Statement

 

Growing up in Detroit, MI and its suburbs I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by a range of world class visual arts and music.  These influences, along with a vibrant mix of people and cultures helped shape my interest in the arts.

My university education concentrated on engineering and design. Until recently my artistic expression has been as a musician and photographer.  

As my interest in abstract art became more defined, it was the influence of the “New York School” of artists that motivated me to become involved as an artist in abstract expressionism.  The styles of these artists, which included Kline, Rothko, deKooning, Pollock, Mitchell, and others, demonstrated a voice and an energy with which I closely identify.

My education in abstract expressionism has been through extensive study of the works and techniques of the “New York School” and other artists of that period, and through formal class study at the Morean Arts Center.

When approaching a blank canvas I begin with a pre-selected color palette which may be augmented during the painting process. The final direction of the piece is driven by my inspiration, movement, and emotion, both of the moment and from life experiences. Music is a catalyst in my artwork; I find there to be a strong interrelationship between music and painting.

My artwork starts with a brushed underpainting of one to several colors and tones on a prepared canvas. Multiple applications of paint are then applied in a “gestural abstraction” or “action painting” method where paint is brushed, dripped, splashed, and blended onto the canvas creating movement and depth. I am an intuitive painter, a direct painter.

Depending on the individual piece there may be several to hundreds of applications of color added by these varied techniques over a period of days to months. All work is nonrepresentational.  

The medium used is acrylic paint on premier canvas. Commissioned artwork has also been done on sanded plywood and other supports, including an electric bass guitar, and clothing.  Single canvas paintings currently vary in size from 30”x40” to 48”x72”; larger diptych’s and triptych’s are also available. 

My goal as an artist is to evoke the imagination and emotions of the observer, engaging them with abstract paintings with no real sense of beginning or end, and providing the observer with much to consider.

My work is currently in private collections throughout the United States and Canada.  Images of recent work and additional information may be found at menzelabstractart.com.



 

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