|Begun by artists at the end of the nineteenth century, Expressionism was a revolutionary movement in painting that was to usher in the new era of Modern Art. Unlike the Impressionists a quarter century earlier who sought to the convey in their painting impressions gained from direct observation, the Expressionists sought to portray only what they felt within themselves - to transmute subjective feelings through the medium of paint into an 'expression' on the canvas. Abstract Expressionism originated in the 1940s and was influenced by earlier 20th century art movements such as Cubism and Surrealism. The works of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali promoted abstraction rather than representation. It wasn't until after the Second World War that Abstract Expressionism became a major art movement, with New York replacing Paris as the center of the art world. Some of the more well known Abstract Expressionists were Mark Rothko (American, 1903-1970), Willem De Kooning (Dutch-American, 1904-1997), and Jackson Pollock (American, 1912-1956). With the convergence of digital painting tools and cyberspace at the end of the 20th century, a new generation of Abstract Expressionists are exhibiting their art on the World Wide Web. No longer confined to brick-and-mortar galleries, these artists can now reach a global audience. Edvard Reiter, whose work is shown below, is representative of this new school of Digital Abstract Expressionism.|
About the Artist
Norwegian-born Edvard Reiter cites the turbulent art of Van Gogh as a major influence on his work. He has been working in the digital medium for the past eight years and is still amazed that all this is done with just 1's and 0's.