September 11My second abstract painting

Abstract painting | September 11
In the beginning I had no idea that I would want to persue abstract painting with any seriousness; so I just tried my hand at it on the reverse side of my photorealist paintings. After a few paintings like this I switched to using a unique support for my abstract paintings.
Looking back I realise that painting this marked a turning point for me when it came to my understanding of the power of art.
I realised that the photorealist genre I had invested heavily in – was almost useless at expressing powerful emotions, concepts and ideas. I came to understand that even I painted the most incredible photograph from that day – it would be absolutely pointless.
So I embarked on a journey as an abstract painter as well as continuing to create photorealist works of art for the types of subject where it was suitable to do so.
Dimensions: 62x91cm.
Painted: 2001.
Materials: Acrylic on MDF board.
Availability: For sale $1000.

The story behind September 11

The second totally abstract painting that I ever did was in response to the horrific events of September 11, 2001. It was started a few hours after the buildings fell and took about two days of intense work to complete. I painted furiously to capture my emotions – which were very intense.

At the time, I was primarily a photorealist painter – but only days before I had just finished my first abstract work of art. I realized there was real power in expressing emotion. I was feeling the horror very intensely of the terrorist attack – I wanted to show that disgust, shock, and horror that I felt.

One of the ideas behind this work is that I wanted to have juxtaposed beauty with ugliness. The beautiful, dynamic, and colorful background – which represents the happiness of all those people who were killed in the attack – has a final red layer – which is a singular and ugly contrast. On top, the red paint runs; it pools it reaches every part of the painting – it symbolizes the loss of life.

Those people were taken from their friends and families in an obscene act of violence. The painting’s subject is an incredibly challenging one. I hope I have done justice to the victims. And I also hope I have conveyed a sense of my anger at the senseless loss of life.

Please note: This painting is on the reverse of Fast beautiful dangerous. Buy this and you technically get two paintings.

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Wall mockup view of abstract painting – September 11

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I am Bert Ernie.
I paint beauty and madness.