Karel Appel was a well known Dutch painter, sculptor and poet. He began painting at age 14. His first art show was held in 1946. Mr. Appel moved to Paris from The Netherlands in 1950 and later resided in New York and Florence.
Mr. Appel’s abstract expressionistic art has gained much recognition.His oil on canvas The Crocodile Tries to Catch the Sun (1956)is perhaps his most well known work. This piece, measuring 571/4″x441/2″, is held in the Venice, Italy Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
Crocodile and the Banana Tree (shown above) was painted with a very good Widmer Brothers Okto from Widmer Brothers Brewing Co. and with a very good Bridgeport Kingpin from Bridgeport Brewing Company, both breweries from Portland, Oregon.
Crocodile and the Banana Tree was influenced by Appel’s style and is available for purchase by going to Shop Our Art, clicking on the Modern and Abstract category then on the Crocodile and the Banana Tree image then following the prompts through checkout.
Crocodile and the Banana Tree has recently been added to this site. Crocodile and the Banana Tree is a fanciful, funky and whimsical painting inspired by the work of Karel Appel who painted his famous Crocodile Tries to Catch the Sun.
Crocodile and the Banana Tree is intended to bring a smile to your face and a bit of joy into your life every time you look a this lively and colorful print. Add it to your other collections of funky BeerColors™ art, such as Giraffe Playing Guitar, and Bird Playing Volleyball to create a cast of joyful characters that will always influence you to start off your day in a great mood!
Crocodile and the Banana Tree was painted using a very tasty Widmer Brothers Okto beer from Widmer Brothers Brewing Co. in Portland, Oregon. Crocodile and the Banana Tree may be purchased by going to the Shop Our Art section, clicking on the Modern and Abstract category then clicking on the Crocodile and the Banana Tree image and following the prompts.
While it is known that Apple, the painting dog, likes to paint with watercolors, it is unknown what his favorite subjects may be although he seems to gravitate toward abstract modernism. Apple is not the only animal known to take up painting as Justin, the painting horse, has been featured here in the past. Additionally, Arbor is a dog who loves to paint and Suba is an elephant that likes to create paintings of elephants! Guess if watercolor painting is good enough for Suba it’s good enough for George Bush! Just goes to show, animals can be quite creative–just give them paint and a brush!
Village in the Hills (shown above) was not painted by a dog nor by an elephant although BeerColors™ may have consulted their work for ideas. Village in the Hills was actually painted with a great tasting Deschutes Mirror Pond Ale and its creation was influenced by the art of Karel Appel, not Apple the painting dog. Prices start at $70.
Influenced by the art of Karel Appel, Village in the Hills (shown at left) is meant to capture the feeling of joy and life-energy one feels when surrounded by clean, crisp, fresh mountain air and when enjoying a personal connection with nature. A great tasting Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery was used in its creation.
Village in the Hills will be released this month together with three other new BeerColors™ prints. Regular prices start at $70. Enjoy!
Karel Appel (1921-2006) painted boldly, with fun and great imagination. His 1956 The Crying Crocodile Tries to Catch the Sun is a modern art masterpiece featured online in the Guggenheim Collection of modern and abstract art. I emulated it by painting a similar work I have entitled Crocodile Playing Water Polo (shown at left).
I find it fun to try to paint in similar styles to artists whose works sometimes sell for millions of dollars. “Crocodile Playing Water Polo” was painted in 15 minutes with Widmer Brothers Okto and Bridgeport Kingpin while performing a public beer-painting demonstration at Cutsforth’s Thriftway. While mine is painted in BeerColors™, not with oil as was used by Appel, it bears a reasonable resemblance to his work, albeit I used some different color combinations and left more blank canvas.
Painting in different styles with boldness and verve can be exhilarating and is a good reminder that we sometimes impose artificial restrictions on ourselves at the cost of creativity and joy. I think my next painting may be a gerbil playing soccer or a bowling hippo or…something else as yet unimagined.
To me, art should be fun, perhaps even challenging at times, but it should always be simple. It should convey emotion and should not involve a difficult analytical or philosophical event for either the artist or the viewer.
Often, art commentators use too many concepts and downright drivel in analyzing artwork. One example is the description on the website of an internationally respected art foundation when discussing a 1966 work by Jo Baer whose minimalist art was a two paneled blank white canvas with two small lines bordering the otherwise completely empty white space. The commentator wrote:
“Perceptual effects also contribute to the painting’s curious play between infinite space and finite space: if the viewer alternates his or her focus, the white ground shifts between appearing like unbounded space behind the painted frame or a concentrated field bounded by its border.” In other words, all you can see is white with a small border.
In most crafts and professions, an expert is one who can describe their work in simple yet meaningful terms without hyperbole. Artist Karel Appel summarized one of his famous 1956 paintings as “I never try to make a painting; it is a howl, it is naked, it is like a child, it is a caged tiger. . . . My tube is like a rocket writing its own space.” In other words, he just allows the creative side of his brain to paint on canvas. I respect this view.
Thus, in homage to Mr. Appel and to poke fun at the famous foundation, I have painted Splat! (pictured at left). This masterpiece of self-expression is a highly involved work depicting the juxtaposition of light and the gouache yellow figure within the time/space continuum….or, stated in real terms, I splattered the canvas with one stroke of yellow beer-paint! I had absolutely no intention to create anything other than to just have and to poke fun!! By the way, I used Bridgeport Witch Hunt beer for this masterpiece of minimalist art!