These are two acrylic paintings, one of an abstract Ball or Sphere, and one of an abstract Cone. Energetic and expressive swirls of color are chaotically focused on creating a recognizable image. And the darker shadows and horizon lines help to ground the objects.

Simple three dimensional shapes, like cubes, spheres, cones, and cylinders, were some of the first objects I drew when I started my art hobby as a kid. The basic shapes helped simplify the world, and I began to understand how light and dark play against each other to create depth. As a young adult, the more I learn about the nature of the physical world, I understand there is more complexity than can be perceived by senses I’m accustomed to using, like sight and touch. So the paintings are a reminder of invisible depth in unobvious places.

The Sphere (ball) painting is approximately 11″x11″ and the Cone painting is approximately 13.5″x14″. Both artworks are painted on masonite board.

Expressive Abstract Acrylic Painting of a Ball or Sphere

Expressive Abstract Acrylic Painting of a Cone

Abstract Acrylic Paintings | Sphere (Ball) and Cone

6 thoughts on “Abstract Acrylic Paintings | Sphere (Ball) and Cone

  • September 20, 2008 at 10:49 am
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    Michael these are wild and beautiful and just plain fun. Really really cool! My eyes get lost following and trying to make order of shape and space.

    You donโ€™t state what the heavy white background texture is? (Is that gesso?) I can see the subtle grey tones defining depth in the first – yet you let that texture just play on itโ€™s own in the second.

    This theme is definitely something to be explored and developed further. These are really exceptional pieces Michael. Have you sent jpgs to contemporary galleries ?

  • September 20, 2008 at 12:07 pm
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    Thanks Vikki. It’s all acrylic… LOTS of acrylic! lol. Although, there are about 3 or 4 paintings underneath these, and layers of texture show through in areas.

    I’d like to do more, but the style eats up paint so fast, lol. I need more masonite and will have to start buying paint in bulk. I’m excited about it though! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Oye, galleries! I gave up on selling a long time ago… to focus on production, needed to pay bills, insecure about quality, fear of unknown, laziness, etc. etc., but your encouragement has me thinking about re-balancing that part of the process.

  • September 20, 2008 at 12:11 pm
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    These are really wonderful works, I have enjoyed just looking into them and letting my mind wander around, fitting this and that together, just to then let my mind deconstruct so I can see the next layer of information. Love it!

  • September 20, 2008 at 6:29 pm
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    Thanks Heather! Guiding the divine force of paint splatter is pretty fun, and seeing where it leads can be quite a surprise! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • December 6, 2009 at 9:35 pm
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    Wow I’m stunned! These are truly awesome, they really are mind boggling, I love the neutral tones and that clashing red and orange. I love all abstract forms and this is amongst some of the best I’ve seen, thanks for sharing.

  • March 13, 2011 at 11:25 pm
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    I fell in love with your rendition of the heart of Art-basic shapes! I hope you keep it up. Very much looks inspired by Jackson Pollock, but def’ly original. -Just an idea but maybe you could find something to maintain viscosity while doubling your volume of paint.

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