This movement came about during the 1940’s in a rebellious effort to create non-conformist, non-representational art derived directly from the creative DNA of the artist. “Raw Abstract Expressive” or “Pure Art” as it is also known, attempts to throw out all preconceived academic notions and mandates. The ultimate goal here is to create directly and spontaneously from the soul, without interference. By eliminating all the confining man-made influences or constraints, it allows the work to be “true.” The challenge when creating quality art within this realm is to create purely from the gut while equally maintaining full trust in the process.
Major Influencers: Marc Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollack, Franz Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still, Richard Diebenkorn, Frank Stella.