ARTisSpectrum Vol. 31, May 2014 - page 81

ARTisSpectrum | Volume 31 |
Yozo Abe
starts to work on a piece, he does so with no assumptions or specific ideas about the path he will take
in creating it. “To me,” he says, “drawing is a conversation with myself,” and that sense of free development is the
main source of the sunny spontaneity that characterizes his images. His acrylic on board paintings employ a vocabulary
of elements that are childlike in their simplicity, but the complex, many-layered compositions in which he places those
elements set off a chain reaction of responses that lets
each viewer form a personal experience of an image.
The artist does not even title his paintings, allowing
the viewer’s own thoughts to summarize the story of a
particular picture.
Abe’s strong graphic sensibility gives his paintings a
solid foundation and focus, however. The artist says that
the first step in creating an image is for him to draw his
inspiration roughly on a sheet of paper. While he notes
that he often works in a state of “abandon,” it is a clear
that a dynamic approach to line and space is a unifying
force in his pieces. His bold, simply drawn shapes are
given energy and movement by the way in which he
positions them. Constantly shifting angles and scales
give each image a kaleidoscopic intensity as well as a
feeling of three-dimensional space.
The artist’s use of color is also central to the effect of
his images. Employing a bright palette of shades, he
is highly skilled at juxtaposing those shades to keep
the viewer’s eye in motion and pull us into the picture
space. But perhaps the most attractive element of Abe’s
work is its playfulness. By giving each of his images a
whimsical, quirky originality, the artist makes even the
most challenging visual experiments seem entirely
Yozo Abe
Untitled4 Acrylic on Board 19.5” x 23.5”
Untitled2 Acrylic on Board 23.5” x 28.5”
Untitled6 Acrylic on Board 21” x 17.5”
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