Artist We Adore : Helen Frankenthaler
Helen Frankenthaler’s work is often overlooked because of the male-dominated reputation of the movement she is first associated with- Abstract Expressionistism. We are always inspired by her color palette, and wanted to share our love because painters like De Kooning and Pollack take the spotlight in books but Frankenthaler’s work was an equal contribution. Her (very) large scale oil paintings take on the texture and look of more delicate watercolor paintings due to the technique she introduced called “soak stain”. Using paint heavily diluted by turpentine she painted on a unprepared canvas so that it absorbed the mixture like water. Often Rothko is credited with this technique as his work is the face of the Color Field school which it spurned. However, Frankenthaler’s succulent, soft and vibrant canvas are special in a way that no one else could ever match. That girl can certainly paint. See some of her work after the jump.