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Expressionism With Minimalism: Art by Heike-Karin Foell

An abstract painting with splashy blue marksNature is a Style

Contemporary artist Heike-Karin Foell currently lives and works in Berlin, creating abstract paintings that blend expressionism with minimalism. In her exhibitions, Foell has been known to display her paintings alongside found objects and books that offer conceptual clues.


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Foell tends to paint on raw canvas, using thinned painted layered on in loose, gestural brush marks. Though the work is truly abstract, each work seems to have definite internal logic that could be parsed with the right amount of time and clues. The artist has also been known to include newspaper clippings and other mixed media directly on her work, confirming the viewer’s suspicion that each image holds much more conceptual depth than it might appear.


The highly form-focused yet concept-driven abstraction that Foell practices reminds me of fellow contemporary artists Susan Hefuna or Eva Berendes . Foell’s paintings, often centered on a single color scheme, have a quiet, contained appearance despite the frantic nature of her mark-making. 

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Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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