Abstract expressionism is the term applied to forms of abstract art developed by painters such as Ashile Gorky, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning in the 1940s and 1950s. It is often characterised by gestural brush-strokes or mark-making, giving the impression of spontaneity: the abstract forms or images are reminiscent of living forms such as plants and human bodies.
Within abstract expressionism are two broad groupings: action painters who attack their canvases with expressive brush strokes; and colour field painters who fill their canvases with large areas of a single colour.
A excellent example is the work of artist James de Villiers
whose commanding paintings are available here at StateoftheART.
Abstract expressionism is the term applied to art that is often characterised by gestural brush-strokes or mark-making, and the impression of spontaneity - the name evokes the aim of making art that while abstract, is also expressive or emotional in its effect.