Description TITLE: 'CONTRADICTION, EDIT C.'Creation Date: 22 May 2014.Style: Abstract Impressionism (Hybrid of Abstract Expressionism and Impressionism).Medium: Oil Pastels on Acid-Free Paper.No Series. Single Artwork.Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.All Rights Reserved.About this Artwork: This artwork is a contradiction, and that is why it is called, CONTRADICTION. I was wondering what to title this artwork: At first, I thought that because it looks like a field of bright, flowing flowers, that I would call this work, 'Fields of Color.' However, that did not work for me, for some reason. Then, the word, CONTRADICTION, came to mind. This is indeed, the biggest contradiction of my life in its present condition, and this artwork. I have been suffering through about three weeks of some Anxiety Disorder--Having almost daily, and sometimes, almost continuous Panic / Anxiety Attacks. I do not feel bright, flowing, or flowery, like this artwork might appear to some of you. Therefore, it is a HUGE contradiction! Thus, that is where the title came from. This is 'splotchy-enough' to me to be in the category of Abstract Expressionism, the genre of painting I feel most comfortable, and most at home doing. However, it has that, 'Oh how wonderful, I was just at the Botanical Gardens and saw all these wonderful fields of flowers and this is the 'Impression' I had when I was there. Nonetheless, I was never at the Botanical Gardens over the last three weeks. This is not some 'impression' in my mind of any particular scene. It was not painted in the fashion of the Impressionists--See, Inspired, Vision left in one's eye's mind, and then painted. No, that was not the case. I was painting a contradiction of my present life dealing, or not dealing, with this new field of crappola I'm having to deal with. I ask God, 'Please, I can't handle any more trials and tribulations--please just give me a freaking break!' God, the Universe, may be too far away perhaps, t
Nawfal Johnson Nur, Penang, Malaysia Member Since September 2006 Artist Statement IMAGEKIND: ARTIST BIO — Nawfal Johnson Nur — My Photographist Beginnings: When I pick up my camera...when I compose the subjects in the frame...and, when I plan and set up my lighting, I have one thing in mind: To take a better photograph than the last time.
I have been using a camera as a hobbyist since I was 12 years old, and then as a freelance professional (starting in 1998).
Photography is a Madness for Me — My Work: I have been a long-time Freelance Stage & Dance Photographer; nevertheless, I focus much of my energy designing fine art Abstract, and, Abstract Expressionism Photography. I also design SMOKE-ART PHOTOGRAPHY, and that is the art style I focused on in my 2011 book, titled, ETHEREAL DREAMS and HOPE.
I create and design fine art, abstract photographs of my own abstract expressionism paintings. I also design many of my abstract artworks from photographs I capture out in the urban environment as I walk around, investigating and photographing things I see in detail.
As an artist, I love working with alcohol-based permanent ink, acrylic paints, art pens, and watercolour pencils. However, my finished art pieces are usually photographs.
Art is a madness for me because I must be working on new artwork all the time — I must be doing artwork even IF I feel like hell, and IF I'm thinking my life is being pulled into a Black Hole. I must still be doing photography or working on one or more pen artworks, whether I am in a state of happiness, or in a state of despair. Art and Photography are an integral part of my life.
My Artistic Influences: My main artistic influences are Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. As for photographic influences, I have always drawn inspiration from Carl Fischer, and Andreas Feininger. Depending on my mood, I draw a lot of inspiration from listening to music as I work. Presently, my favourite Classical music is from Vivaldi and Bach. If I'm not listening to Classical, I get energy from Very Heavy Metal groups, for example, Fallujah, Jinger, and Sylosis.
I was born in 1965, in Lincoln, Nebraska, and in 1994, I moved to Penang Island, Malaysia.