We’ve got an awfully big case of “white wall syndrome” in our new office, so I’ve been thinking about artwork a lot lately. Sadly my favorite pieces tend to fall way outside my budget, but I still like to window shop the web as if I had a trust fund at my disposal. As inspired as I am by the amazing contemporary artists working in Brooklyn these days, I find my mind drifting back in time to Abstract Expressionists. I’m not sure if it’s a desire to see something less perfect and precious or just a belated embracing of a bolder style that I could never fully understand when I was younger, but the work of Clyfford Still has been gracing my desktop for months now.
Still was an American painter who did the majority of his work on the West Coast, unlike so many of the Abstract Expressionists who gravitated to New York City. His pieces have so much life and energy and passion that it’s impossible not to imagine how inspiring seeing something like this at work every day would be. I’m pretty sure that day will never come for me, so until then, I’m going to fawn over these images like a weirdo and hope to visit the Still Museum the next time I’m in Denver. If you happen to be in Denver, please go for me and let me live vicariously through your tweets, tumbles and Instagrams.
More images of Still’s work continue after the jump . . .