Abstract expressionism originated in the United States in the 1940’s and is known as a form of contemporary art that is nonrepresentational. This trend in contemporary art is sometimes referred to as meditative art because artists use intense brushstrokes to reveal spontaneous expression and use their freedom of technique. Large-scale canvases are used when artists are painting in this way, which is helpful because abstract expressionism is also called action painting. Mira Lisa Schiratis uses many colors in her painting “Winter Time” and let them drip down the large canvas. This is another aspect many artists do when creating art that is abstract.
The key, Jackson Pollock 1946
Abstract expression is more of an unconscious act of painting; the artist usually paints what they feel inside, rather than plan out every detail. Even though this trend began in the 1940s, it is still much appreciated and still admired. Artists still use this form of expression today.