SURRENDER

large format canvas acrylic painting of sleeping and dancing figures by artist phoebe thomasson
Even as we drop through the layers and divide into self and non-self, we still hold onto our weaponry…

It’s time to let go when it’s time to let go. The art of Surrender is difficult for most of us and it alludes to the Buddhist tradition of non-attachment.

This painting was done over a few months with many reworks and lots of daring ‘obliteration’, which I will document for you later. I was particularly inspired by DeKooning for this one and his relentless layering and the building of texture.

It is scary to obliterate an original image, but the rewards of a more developed painting with a history and lots of intrigue behind the surface are well worth the struggle. This is currently one of my proudest achievements in painting.

Credit for inspiration must also go to Barnett Newman of ‘Zip’ fame. Check out his work and that of the other artists I have referenced below, but please leave a like before you go if you enjoyed this post and found it useful. 🙂

INFLUENCES: DeKooning, Cecily Brown, Barnett Newman

To learn more about artists and about painting like DeKooning et al please visit MOMA: Research and Learning

Acrylic on canvas

36 x 48 in

For a personal view and more information please call me: 07536115930

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