composition in pink and black

gestural painting a step further

with a focus on psychology

I really have been painting a lot lately. The works from the series “gestural abstraction” now have content. No content in the sense that one is now figuratively led in a particular direction. But that psychological sensitivities or concepts from psychoanalysis are taken up. Some of the more recent works would fit gestural surrealism, but I’m not that big of a fan of “little boxes”.

composition ink on paper


What I want to achieve in this series is that peculiar emotional sensations are triggered in the viewer. Probably not possible anyway. In the case of an abstract picture, what a person sees in it always depends on the viewer. Emotions aren’t that abstract though, so it’s worth a try.

In terms of composition, my new works are still influenced by Chinese painting and calligraphy, but I’m slowly starting to mix up western concepts again.

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16 responses to “gestural painting a step further”

  1. rebecca s revels avatar

    I love these, they are very interesting though I’m not going to share what I see in some of them. Sometimes the imagination is a concerning thing 😉

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    Thank you Rebecca! Yes, our imagination says more about ourselves than we sometimes would like. But I always find it exciting to compare how we see the same picture a few years earlier or later.

  3. swabby429 avatar

    Calligraphy still predominates here and triggers some subtle memories in my mind.

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    I can imagine. Calligraphy is so much more than writing neat characters. Actually in China calligraphy ranks higher than painting.

  5. Graham Stephen avatar



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      Thank you so much! Only today I found your blog which reflects my interest. I will read your posts. carefully.

      1. Graham Stephen avatar

        Many thanks for taking the time to visit it.

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        I have been doing a lot of practice and research on Daosim….

      3. Graham Stephen avatar

        I have only relatively recently discovered the Tao ☯

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        If you haven’t yet, you sure should read Zhuang Zi.
        Lao Zi of course is great but harder to understand.

      5. Graham Stephen avatar

        👍 Ha, yes. I read three different translations of the Tao Te Ching and was struck by the variation in how the translators had interpreted various passages.

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        Yes, some are quite unique for sure. Personally I still like Richard Wilhelm’s translation a lot. There are other good ones but they are all in German or Chinese.

      7. Graham Stephen avatar

        Thanks. I liked Jonathan Star’s English translation as it also included the original Chinese with lists of meanings for each character.

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    I’ve read some translations and some quite intensely. When I talk to Chinese friends who have studied the text more intensively, I first notice how difficult it can be to translate the text into another language.

    I love Richard Wilhelm because he was not only one of the most important sinologists who traslated all those classic texts but also (in his 1925 edition) provides a lot of background information. The meetings with Confucius, the political turmoil …

  7. kriptolar avatar

    Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I usually write one post per week, mostly about them about art, often about my work. All the best!

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