Month: April 2014

Trapped in a Dark Room and Looking Out at a Better Life

Trapped in a Dark Room and Looking Out at a Better Life

Title: “Trapped in a Dark Room and Looking Out at a Better Life.”
Creation Date: 27 April 2014.
Medium: Oil Pastels.
Collection: ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART.
Collection Year: 2014.
Genres: Abstract Expressionism; ‘Multi-Forms’ transforming into Impressionism of the moments of my thoughts.
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.

*Notes: I thought I was reaping good…good-will…hard-work…suffering arthritis for 35-years, but still falling on my face and moving forward while attempting to help others before myself; asking for fewer trials and tribulations from the power of the Universe; asking for guidance and relief. Well, I’m not sure, but the answer I got was more disaster and more problems, more headaches, so stressed out I sleep at 2AM and my sleep is so f’ed up, I just get up at 3:30AM, or 4AM, if I’m lucky, because sleep is useless. If Earl Nightingale is correct, and we become what we think about most of the time; then WOW, maybe he is RIGHT! Thanks Earl! I painted this mysterious, gloomy, abstract painting, two days before (today), and receiving more horrific work news from another contract I’ve had for 15-years! I think that IF there were an asteroid the size of a marble that survived entry through our outer levels of atmosphere, it would probably hit me in the head and pulverize me in a blazing inferno, and then I’d turn to dust like Daffy Duck does when he gets ‘blown to smithereens’ in so many episodes of the cartoons. Well, thanks so much once again to my awesome luck! (Being and feeling VERY Sarcastic at the moment). I won’t even suggest, “So, what the F’ Next?” Because, I don’t think I can take much more of this!

Lines of Dementia, #1, Edit B

Lines of Dementia, #1, Edit B

Description Title: “Lines of Dementia, #1, Edit B.”
Creation Month & Year: April 2014.
Series Name: ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART.
Genre: Abstract Expressionism.
Medium: Watercolour Pencils.
Orientation: Vertical
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson Photography ~ All Rights Reserved.
My main influence is Jackson Pollock.

This work is about chaos: and it is probably the most expressive work of my feelings to this very date.

There are certain words and phrases that express my feelings and are shown in this work, they include: ‘lost’, ‘entanglement’, ‘trapped’, ‘shrouded’, ‘forgotten’, ‘chaos-overbearing’, ‘pain’, ‘a web so thick it hides me’, ‘tolerated but only by a thread’, ‘looked-over’, ‘invisible’, ‘stuck’, ‘is it all in my mind’, ‘am I the cause’, ‘is my perception of reality the thing that is really f’ed up!, ‘no-one really cares to understand me’, ‘untouchable’, ‘unforgivable’, ‘totally forgettable’, ‘not fitting in’, and ‘it’s between me and God at this point!’

The Abstract Expressionists were a group of brilliant artists, but many were on the extremes of one obsession or another, and many were very unhappy: I’m not saying that all of the Abstract Expressionists were unhappy, but there were some tragic episodes that happened within the group, namely, Rothko, Gorky, Pollock (Existential Suicide), and Resnick. 50% of the group (the famous NEW YORK SCHOOL) ,seven of the 15, were dead before the age of 60. “Depression may have put these artists in touch with the inexplicable mystery that lies at the heart of the “tragic and timeless” art that the Abstract Expressionists aspired to produce.”

This work is a combination of painting and photography, which is the case with most (many) of my recent works.

This genre of work is deep. It is about the human condition. It is about the soul at its core. It will not appeal to everyone.

Fashion and beautiful women seem to capture the eyes of most people, and anyone can clearly see that at FB, Flickr, or on any other photo-sharing website: All you need to do to see what appeals to visitors of photo-sharing websites is just start counting the number of “Likes” and “Comments” and it becomes very clear what subjects seem to be the favourites, and what people visiting these sites seem to believe makes for ‘good’ photography, or artwork.  It is a ‘perception-thing’, but of course!

However, this is not about Fashion, people-beauty, nature-beauty, or about ‘the surface’ — this work goes beyond the surface — the work of the Abstract Expressionists was not about “the now” so much as it was about “the forever” — conditions that will affect mankind throughout the ages, and expressing those deepest feelings through art.

I guess that is my Art Lesson for the day on “Abstract Expressionism”, and in a way, a lesson about my latest collection of work, the ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART.

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Abstract 17 April 2014, #4, Edit F

Abstract 17 April 2014, #4, Edit F

Description Title: “Abstract 17 April 2014, #4, Edit F.”
Creation Day, Month & Year: 17 April 2014.
Series Name: ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART.
Series Year: 2014.
Genre: Abstract Expressionism.
Mediums: Oil Pastels & Watercolour Pencils.
Orientation: Vertical.
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

CROOKED BARS OF CONTRAST, #1, Edit B

CROOKED BARS OF CONTRAST, #1, Edit B

Title: “CROOKED BARS OF CONTRAST, #1.”
Creation Month & Year: April 2014.
Series Name: ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART.
Series Year: 2014.
Genre: Abstract Expressionism.
Medium: Oil Pastels.
Orientation: Horizontal.
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

Striking Bars of Contrast, #1, Edit F by Nawfal Johnson

Striking Bars of Contrast, #1, Edit F by Nawfal Johnson

Title: “Striking Bars of Contrast, #1.”
Creation Month & Year: April 2014.
Series Name: ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART.
Series Year: 2014.
Genre: Abstract Expressionism.
Mediums: Oil Pastels, Alcohol-based Pigments, & Watercolour Pencils.
Orientation: Horizontal.
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

Abstract 17 April 2014, #1, Edit B

Abstract 17 April 2014, #1, Edit B

Description Title: “Abstract 17 April 2014, #1, Edit B.”
Creation Day, Month & Year: 17 April 2014.
Series Name: ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART.
Series Year: 2014.
Genre: Abstract Expressionism.
Mediums: Oil Pastels & Watercolour Pencils.
Orientation: Vertical.
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

ABSTRACT ‘X’ EDIT E by Nawfal Johnson

ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM PAINTING by NAWFAL JOHNSON

Description Title: "Abstract X, Edit E." Creation Month & Year: April 2014.  Series Name: ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART.  Series Year: 2014.  Genre: Abstract Expressionism.  Mediums: Watercolour Pencil and Alcohol-based Permanent Ink.   Orientation: Vertical.   Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved.  Penang, Malaysia.

Description Title: “Abstract X, Edit E.”
Creation Month & Year: April 2014.
Series Name: ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART.
Series Year: 2014.
Genre: Abstract Expressionism.
Mediums: Watercolour Pencil and Alcohol-based Permanent Ink.
Orientation: Vertical.
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

ESTEE LAUDER ABSTRACT, EDIT B

ESTEE LAUDER ABSTRACT, EDIT B

Title: ESTEE LAUDER ABSTRACT, EDIT B.
Creation Month & Year: April 2014.
Series Name: ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART. Series Year: 2014.
Genre: Abstract Expressionism.
Mediums: NAIL LACQUER.
Orientation: Vertical.
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

ABSTRACT in RED, YELLOW & BLUE

ABSTRACT in RED, YELLOW & BLUE

Title: ABSTRACT in RED, YELLOW & BLUE.
Creation Month & Year: April 2014.
Series Name: ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART. Series Year: 2014.
Genre: Abstract Expressionism.
Mediums: ACRYLIC PAINT.
Orientation: Vertical.
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

CHAOS, #1, EDIT C

CHAOS, #1, EDIT C

Title: CHAOS, #1, EDIT C.
Creation Month & Year: April 2014.
Series Name: ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART. Series Year: 2014.
Genre: Abstract Expressionism.
Mediums: Watercolour Pencils, Alcohol-based Permanent Markers, CONTE Pastel Drawing Pencils.
Orientation: Vertical.
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

An Open Book of Slivers, Edit B.

An Open Book of Slivers, Edit B.

Title: An Open Book of Slivers, Edit B.
Creation Month & Year: April 2014.
Series Name: ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART. Series Year: 2014.
Genre: Abstract Expressionism.
Mediums: Paint on Wood.
Orientation: Horizontal.
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved. Penang, Malaysia.

Over the Hill, Edit B

Over the Hill, Edit B

Description Title: “Over the Hill, Edit B.” Creation Month & Year: April 2014. Series Name: ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART. Series Year: 2014. Genre: Abstract Expressionism. Mediums: Watercolour Pencils, Alcohol-based Permanent Ink, and ESTEE LAUDER NAIL LACQUER. Orientation: Horizontal. Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved. Penang, Malaysia.