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Sometimes, interesting work comes out of unexpected places. Contour drawing is an exercise during which the artist places the pencil on the page while focusing the eyes on one point of the thing or person to be drawn. The idea is to move the pencil without looking at the page, as if one were tracing the outline of the subject itself. I named this series "C'ta contour," a pun, a play on the French expression "c'est à ton tour." It simply means "It's your turn." You will no doubt notice that the pieces in this series are more distorted and the colour palettes very different from that of my other works. I find drawing exercises lower my inhibitions and open m to more varied and intense expressions.


Contemporary expressionism draws inspiration from the techniques of earlier art movements, such as expressionism and abstract expressionism. It places a renewed emphasis on the emotional impact of art in the modern world. It is, in some ways, a response to the cerebral approach of conceptual art.


Vivid, bold colors and lines make strong emotions visible. Artists make use of clashing hues and unusual lines or brush strokes to add emotional intensity of the artwork. Gestural brushwork is another important element. Loose, sweeping brushstrokes or lines create a sense of energy and movement. Mark making can be used to convey a range of emotions, from the frenzied chaos of a crowded city street to the quiet introspection of a solitary figure.

Emotional expression is not just limited to the artists themselves, but also extends to the viewers of the artwork. The emotional response of the viewer is a vital part of the artistic experience in contemporary expressionist art. By evoking strong emotions in the viewer, artists hope to create a deep and meaningful connection between their work and the audience.


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