gestural abstraction


Directory of works from various series on gestural painting and calligraphy. The titles lead to the corresponding series.

The works are mostly in ink on paper, sometimes on glossy or synthetic paper.

painting away the pain, artwork by friedrich zettl


gestural landscapes

Works with ink and pastels on handmade paper or yupo paper and based on Asian concepts of art.


themes from the field of flora

This series shows abstract images, mostly of a Taoist nature. Abstract flowers and organic objects are the focus. triptych

graphic with two blossoms ink painting on hemp paper
dynamic gestural calligraphy artwork by the austrian painter zettl


constructivist work

This series shows abstract gestural images that are based on the rules of Chinese calligraphy.


art brut

Bold works in ink and Indian ink on yupo paper based on concepts of Asian art and Western Art Brut

composition abstraite chevaux, encre sur papier yupo
abstract composition with four objects, ink and color on yupo paper


abstract calligraphy

This series shows abstract images based on the laws of Chinese calligraphy.


the world of dragons and myths

This series shows abstract gestural images, which initially only show sketchy dragons, but later as an independent theme in paintings.

painting kill the mighty dragon, ink and color on yupo paper
graphic with fetish artwork by friedrich zettl, ink and color on photo paper


Works with Western ink and Indian ink on photographic paper

Elements of Chinese philosophy, especially principles of calligraphy, characterize this selection of gestural art.

about gestural abstraction

Gestural abstraction, aka action painting, is a form of abstract art from the 1940s and 1950s. It is characterized by the artist’s bodily gestures and movements, which are captured in the resulting artwork. The focus is on the process of painting and the physical act of creating the art rather than the end product.

Gestural abstraction unquestionably refers to the New York School of Painters, which included artists such as Mark Rothko, Franz Kline, and Clyfford Still. These artists created works of expressive and emotional kind, despite being intellectual or objective. They tried to convey the energy, movement, and emotion of the act of painting itself.

Jackson Pollock and Co.

One of the most famous painters of gestural abstraction is Jackson Pollock, known for his drip paintings. Pollock dripped, splashed, and poured paint onto the canvas, moving around it and even walking on it to create a sense of movement and energy in the painting. His technique, is called “drip painting”, was considered revolutionary at the time and is furthermore still widely recognized as one of the most iconic styles of gestural abstraction.
Another famous artist associated with gestural abstraction is Willem de Kooning. His work also focuses on movement. De Kooning’s paintings are characterized by bold brushstrokes and a more defined structure.

Gestural abstraction had a significant impact on the art world and remains a popular and influential style of abstract art to this day. The movement has inspired many contemporary artists to explore new and unconventional forms of artistic creation.


手势书画工作于2020年开始,并将继续作为系列作品。 如果直到 2020 年绘画的方向都是具象的,那么抽象和手势绘画从 2020 年开始进入工作的中心。 所有系列的共同点是与中国古代绘画、书法和篆刻艺术理论的联系。

Some of the artwork is available at saatchi gallery Some are for sale at artmajeur

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