Abstract Me…Jazz Man!

(“Compostela” acrylic on canvas, 76,20 x 101,60 cm)

I have always been an abstract painter. But I handle this, as I do other things, in this manner. For example, I take the definition of “abstraction”, of course, there are many but basically an abstraction is what is in the realm of ideas, free of representational qualities. Abstraction is something beyond what is truly there and it is less than what it represents.

This means that if I draw a perfectly naturalistic apple, then I rub off the right side and occupy that area with lots of paint of different colours and then take the stem, where perhaps a little leaf might have been and stretch it with black paint to the very top of the canvas and finally, take the other side of the apple, the right side, and paint eyes, nose and mouth on it, then paint over that, spreading and mixing the colours randomly…

What I have done is to reduce that apple that I originally started off with and turned it into an idea. I have abstracted whatever I had assimilated of the shape, colour, texture and realism of a real apple and created a work of art where an apple was abstracted and to the viewer, transformed into something else.

(“Window to the Morning” acrylic on canvas, 75x100cm)

These are some of my abstract works that I painted between 2011 and 2017 while operating Omnia Caelum Studios of Art Miami. “Compostela”, which is not a reference to the city of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, is intended to be an abstraction as well for the meaning of compostela is a field of stars. It is the sky (the field) and the stars that fill it, which you can see in the early morning, right before sunrise when you are nowhere near city lights that would drown out the brilliance in the heavens.

(“Facing the Music and Faces in the Music and Musical Faces”, acrylic on canvas)

The above set is figurative but abstract nonetheless as the figures are a mere reminder of what faces are, they are not real. Neither are the musical instruments as they represent the symbols of things with which music is made with. And how much more abstract can you get than music? WHere is the reference in a musical piece? These paintings surge from the idea of music and what it means to those of us who either make music or listen to it. For music surges as an idea in the mind of the composer, or the jazz man…

In closing I would just like to say two things: That abstract painting is one of the most difficult styles as the reference all must come from within the artist; and that I have not strayed from my “jazz-art” principles. All the works above were done in accordance to the definition of what an abstraction is…to me…and as well respecting and foloowing the rules of Jazz: Improvisation, Spontaneity and Rhythm.

(“Amanecer en Cuenca” acrylic on canvas, 50×45 cm)

Cuenca is a city in La Mancha, a province of Spain where my grandmother was from. It is in the mountains, close to forests and within the great plains of Castilla. There is no sea, there is no blue, except in the sky but there is green, browns and the colours of nature. The forest, as seen from the mountains, are like oceans in the plains and as the sun rises, the sky darkens to a solid red, leaving behind the dark of the night and making the greens and the earthly colours shine until finally everything comes to light under the brilliance of the sky, yellow by the dust from the nearby deserts giving such a colour to the light of the sun…

If you would like to see more of my work, I invite you to my online galleries, http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155 where you can see my “JaZzArt en Valencia, 2019 collection and you can follow me on Instagram: @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera


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