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Ed Smiley | 871 comments I recently attended a Pouring workshop, "Pour, Puddle, Drip
Lift, Peel, Cut (Crazy Cool Stuff You Can Only Do with Acrylic Paints)".

This was a hands on workshop, but there was also a presentation on a lot of unique things that artists are doing with the medium. You can make an acrylic painting without a support, for example! Or pour, cut and attach. These techniques are not only used for abstract paintings, but for representational work as well.

Anyway, there were a lot of example artists in the slideshow. I promised Heather, I'd post some links when I got a chance:


Purely sensual: pouring layer after layer of acrylic.

Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes makes paintings from sheets of acrylics:


Lynda Benglis

Eric Benson

Craig Burt

Randy Colosky

Helen Frankenthaler

Linda Geary

Sarrita Hunn

Kristen Lamb

Morris Louis

Megan Madzoeff

Rodney McMillian

Beatriz Milhazes

message 2: by Ed (new)

Ed Smiley | 871 comments Some pictures:

Lynda Benglis:

Eric Benson:

(Yes, you can do urban landscapes with poured and cut paint.) One review: Erik Benson's paintings are almost not paintings. He makes his large-scale cityscapes, which show desolate corners of nondescript places, by pouring acrylic paint onto glass, letting it dry, and then meticulously cutting and collaging bits and pieces onto the canvas. The results are startling beautiful compositions in which each brick and leaf, even detritus, seems precious.

Helen Frankenthler:
She passed away recently, and has a vary large body of work. Here's a few:
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This was the work that made her famous. It is very large. This was before she started pouring acrylics, so it is thinned oil on unprimed canvas.

Here's another:

Beatriz Milhazes:
She pours acrylic paint and then cuts it and adheres it to her paintings.

Megan Madzoeff:
Some of her work is sculptural, made out of poured acrylic.

Rodney McMillan:
Here's a work where poured paint was used to create a marbled effect on canvas, which was then cut out and assembled. It's a political work, called "Supreme Court":

Morris Louis:

message 3: by Ed (last edited Feb 22, 2012 07:27PM) (new)

Ed Smiley | 871 comments For anybody who is interested, here's a couple of books from the reading list:

High Times, Hard Times New York Painting, 1967-1975 by Katy Siegel
High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting, 1967-1975

The Impact of Modern Paints by Jo Crook
The Impact of Modern Paints

message 4: by Ka (new)

Ka | 11 comments This is fascinating, Ed. Thanks for the pictures. I like Helen Frankenthaler and Eric Benson.

message 5: by Monica (new)

Monica | 909 comments Thanks Ed for the MorrIs Louis.

message 6: by Monica (new)

Monica | 909 comments Thanks Ed for the MorrIs Louis.

message 7: by Carol (new)

Carol (goodreadscomcarolann) | 1140 comments Thanks Ed. Really like Eric Benson's "Detouring." Also Beatriz Milhazes work reminds me a lot of Sonia Delaunay.

message 8: by Heather, Moderator (new)

Heather | 8271 comments I especially like Rodney McMillan's Supreme Court. I like the style but the fact that it is sort of 'crumpled' look says something, the name is important.

I have never seen most of these, of course Helen Frankenthaler is my favorite. Thank you, Ed!

message 9: by Gina (new)

Gina Diaz | 1 comments These paintings are lovely. I know of an artist who is a natural at abstract poured paintings. It is inspiring how artists can be similar in some techniques but yet different in their artwork.

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