So, when it comes to art, between hyperrealism and abstract expressionism, there is a whole bunch of other isms too numerous, and weird, to mention - toyism, blobism, futurism, panfuturism, slapdashism etc etc. (OK, I made the last one up, but you get the idea).
With realism a painter has a definite subject to relate to - a still life, portrait, landscape, whatever. Here's your topic: paint it: a doddle. The Impressionists - Monet, Pissarro, Renoir - may have blurred the lines a little as to how you looked at the subject, but you can still basically make out what you are looking at.
Abstract art is a relationship between forms and colors completely divorced from the traditional representation of physical objects. So this is more challenging to look at, not to mention paint. In fact, why don't I say it, abstract art is hard work! You've got to make something up! You are not just sitting in a field painting pretty flowers.
So who needs abstract art? Well, unfortunately, I do.
I occasionally paint pure abstracts, possibly of the sort of which you would say that your child could do equally well. Trust me, it ain't that easy. However, sometimes I look to paint something that is, in fact, child’s play. Why not? We all coast at work sometimes. Ideally I like a mix of abstract and reality - abstract realism, I call it. I paint a lot of reflections of boats and buildings. I like the way the water abstracts the image. And I don't have to make the images up. In fact, they are impossible to make up.
So I was watching the TV recently - I don't remember what the programme was, that film Nightcrawler maybe - and there was a night shot in a city and the camera panned out and all the lights blurred and fuzzed and meshed together – you’ve all seen it. I immediately thought, OK, that's a painting right there. All those colored lights floating around in the dark. Nice! Abstract realism! No problemo!
It turns out that these pictures are not as straightforward as they appear: forcing those bright colours onto a black canvas and fuzzing the edge of the lights is hard work. But at least I don't have to think about it.
And, as an image, they are similar to a Damien Hirst Spot Painting, only on drugs (the painting, that is, not me). In fact I would go as far as to say they are quite a bit more interesting than a Damien Hirst Spot painting. And, of course, they are a lot cheaper.
This picture would make an interesting pair with 'Times Square, New York'. I am happy to sell both for €1500 rather than the list price of €1700. Contact me if you are interested,