The joy of listeneing to Miles DavisMy first abstract painting

Abstract painting | The joy of listening to Miles Davis
This is Bert Ernie’s very first abstract painting and now when he looks back on it he can see it was a very minimalist and cautious exploration into the unknown.
There’s not a lot to say except it marked a point in time where he made a conscious decision to try my hand at creating something totally abstract.
Bert knew of the abstract expressionist painters like Pollock, Newman and Olitski but by far the biggest inspiration was Jean-Paul Riopelle.
Dimensions: 62x91cm.
Painted: 2001.
Materials: Acrylic on MDF board.
Availability: For sale $75 unframed. $400 framed.

The story behind The joy of listeneing to Miles Davis

The first abstract painting I did was a way of trying to explain how I felt about the joy of listening to the wild and free jazz of Miles Davis – one of the most creative musicians to ever play jazz. His creativity was legendary. He was a master trumpet player and created some of the most memorable music the jazz world has ever seen.

I had often wondered how a painter would go about painting an emotion like the joy of listening to music. I knew it was almost impossible to depict with a realist form of painting. I possibly could have painted a copy of a photograph of him performing in a smoky nightclub with an enraptured audience. But I knew that it wouldn’t even come close to portraying the emotion of the joy I felt.

So with some leftover paint, I began to experiment. I soon realized that with a form of abstract expressionism it could be done. A very muted green background was laid in. After it had dried, I began to utilize numerous methods to create essential elements. Primarily paint was dripped onto the surface, in small and large amounts. The colorful paint was also splattered, dragged, and flicked. The board was tilted to allow puddles of paint to flow, mix, and create linear elements. Fingers and brushes were used. I have never changed my techniques since this first painting – just expanded them.

Please note: This painting is on the reverse of King of Dirt. Buy this and you technically get two paintings.

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I am Bert Ernie.
I paint beauty and madness.