valid points and great insight adrian. my profession has been graphic design— and even at that i was mostly self-taught. i moved up the corporate ladders by adhering and adapting to industry trends, collaboration and other zealous pursuits. And precisely, the two disciplines (being painting and graphic design) unequivocally fed off each other.
During my journey as a professional graphic designer I found myself torn between wanting to transform many of my graphic work into paintings and adhering to standards and rules, if you will, of gDesign. I was highly influenced by David Carson and other prestigious typographers of the time. Much of their work was painterly in aesthetics and composition. So it seemed an inevitable course for me to channel similar, if not the same, creative energies into painting.
I really do not think one can teach abstract art. It is a breakdown of something complete, cohesive and non-abstract. Deconstruction. I am a firm believer that you either have it (that is the ability to abstract) or you don’t! and yes, abstract art is certainly universal for it speaks to all languages, cultures and people in some form or another.
My fav painters have always been cy twombly, deKooning, basquiat to name just a few. Many others but these have always been at the top of my list. Oh, and jean buffet and some other great, ‘outsider’ artists.
Thank you for your feedback and perhaps we can keep an on-going correspondence. Best, Michael.