ideas: artist manifesto, art philosophy, on creativity

my manifesto and art philosophy, exploring creativity and principles of abstraction
creativity in the visual arts, approaches and musings
Aboriginal art, dot paintings, pointillism and me


home    new works & landscapes    deserts & seascapes    abstracts    affordable art    sculptures    sold    floral    digital
about    ideas    exhibitions    guestbook    art quotations    artist friends    links    article    nature photos    contact and purchase

my manifesto

Having worked as a professional architect, I tend to focus on the most significant aspects of the job at hand and try to assess what are the essential features of a visual experience, consequently I tend to favour abstraction and minimalism .  All unnecessary detail is eliminated and only the important and significant is captured and emphasized.

Never compete with the camera
Technical perfection in reproducing what our eyes see is a similar process to a composer trying to reproduce the natural sounds heard in Nature.  As a visual artist, I am only interested in creating images which express my subjective response to places, feelings and try to capture of ‘being there’.

Venture beyond the comfort zone
Many artists settle on a successful style and never move beyond this safe comfort zone.  All their work is much the same even when they introduce small variations to the 'blueprint' they follow.  I much prefer variety and revel in the excitement of discovering new ways, accidents and untried techniques.  I love experimenting with new approaches and accept and make the best of unintended accidents.

The seduction of abstraction
Competent abstract artists use similar principles to composers of music -- balanced compositions, harmony, contrast, tension, counterpoint, colour, tone, texture, rhythm and so on.  Our objectives are the same: create an interesting mood, arouse a feeling, stir some emotions.

Focus on the happy side of life
I love using bright, cheerful ‘Aussie’ colours and to express the thrill of being alive.  I concentrate on creating happy and cheerful images, that give a pleasant sensation to the viewer.

As an artist my goal is achieved when people tell me that my artworks speak to them, when my creations touch their hearts and also lift their spirits.

my artist philosophy

I aim to create artworks which celebrate Nature, nurture the human spirit and provide stimulation and enjoyment to our lives.  I believe that people need more than the simple necessities of food, shelter and security.

We should also satisfy our intellectual curiosity, fulfil our aspirations and nurture our spiritual and emotional wellbeing.

So we need to rise above the humdrum, the ordinary and the daily grind of survival.  This is where the arts provide a relief.  Encounter with literature, music, theatre and fine arts provides great opportunities if we want to satisfy our creative urges.  At the same time we are rewarded with lasting enjoyment and satisfaction.

See my article on Abstract Landscape Paintings published in web.


Aboriginal art, pointillism and me

Some of my painting styles somewhat resemble French impressionist pointillism.  Alternatively, some of these "pointillist" paintings could be construed as derived from or strongly influenced by Aboriginal art.  The latter can also be seen as bridge building between Western and Australian Indigenous art.  There is some truth in both these impressions, even though the explanation is more complicated.

My patterns of dots and small strokes of different adjoining colours usually produce a kinetic and vibrant effect when viewed close up.  From afar, the cavalcade of different colours merge together and create landscape-like elements or organic textures similar to ones produced by Mother Nature.

Much of contemporary aboriginal art, especially the "dot paintings", is also similarly produced and can have a strong pointillist appearance. This particular stylistic interpretation of the Australian landscape, especially desert inspired works, is a natural result of the careful observation of the minute details seen in the local environment.

Indigenous people, and not only the ones living the traditional life, have an especial connection to Country.  This explains their acute abilities to see, sense and feel the colours, patterns, textures and the rhythms of their environment.  Consequently their interpretation of natural phenomena often results in dot paintings (and more, much more).

I am an unapologetic admirer of these abilities, in constant awe of Indigenous artistry. So I cannot help it if sometimes I create artworks in homage to their approaches and try to look at "Country" as they do.  I must emphasize that in my endeavours I deliberately avoid any use of totems or Dreamings or any other cultural aspect owned by any Aboriginal group or individual.  Even though artistic appropriation is quite fashionable nowadays amongst many successful artists, it is definitely not my methodology.

In summary, this particular individual style of mine (and I have many others) is derived from looking at the Australian countryside and based entirely on my acute subjective observation of landscape patterns, textures and rhythms. Whether scattered trees, rocks and shrubs seen from above in the outback, or Spinifex spread across sunburnt deserts, or multitude of underwater creatures competing at the shoreline, it will all find its way onto my canvases.

And if an Aboriginal influence is apparent in some of my work, so much for the better. 

featured artwork

contemporary abstract artist submarine creature painting art

365  Creature feature
107x107cm / 42x42in, acrylic on canvas, self-framed

Ernie Gerzabek Artist Gallery


© Ernie Gerzabek 2000-2016

This is my artist manifesto, ideas and art philosophy on creativity. My approaches and musings regarding the visual arts, and aspects of exploring creativity and
principles of abstraction, Aboriginal art, dot paintings, pointillism and me