Irene Neal Joyful Journey
Irene Neal works in the tradition of large size, free form abstraction, originating with Jackson Pollock, the Abstract Expressionists and the Color Field Painters. She reinterprets this tradition by means of new, state-of-the-art, acrylic paints, which have undergone an extraordinary development in recent years.
Like many painters of the New New Painters, a widely exhibited international group of which she is a member, Neal aspires to the brilliant accident, the miraculously frozen moment in the flow of paint. Working on the floor, she pours and otherwise applies paint to a canvas which she has spread out. She has said, "The most important things are the paint and the color, what color does when it shapes itself." She crops out the final picture last, according to the paint and the color movement, rather than accepting a pre-determined geometric form such as a rectangle.
'The unique energy conveyed by Irene Neal's painting, with
her powerful use of acrylic gels, enhances the aesthetic beauty of the classic automobile.
I am extremely pleased to exhibit her important and groundbreaking work.'
'There is an avalanche of emotion that swirls and flows in and over me daily...The song of my soul has to be sung! It sings as bright or dark in my work as I have felt this beauty. It is an outpouring of my spirit...' (1996)
'Ms. Irene Neal favors amorphous formats that resemble liquid
drops, and often she creates a sheen like that of semi-precious stones...'