Member Since: Sep 2016
“Hello All My Friends, My name is Reuben Mayes. I am 25 years old and I live in McKinleyville. I am an artist and my style is named Abstract Expressionism. I feel excited and happy and proud and silly and crazy when I am painting. I am thinking all about helpers when doing my work.”
Reuben named his website "Art In My Work Boots" insisting on wearing his work boots when creating his art. Did you know that world- famous Abstract Expressionist Artist Jackson Pollock also insisted on painting wearing his own heavy leather boots? Pollock said his boots made him feel connected to the earth and grounded.
Reuben likes acrylic on canvas because it dries faster than oils and acrylic is easy for him to apply with his high-energy brush strokes on any size canvas which is representative of an Abstract Expressionist artist. Following is a good definition and summary of Reuben’s style.
Abstract Expressionism is a painting style in which an artist applies paint rapidly and with force onto a small to huge canvas in an effort to show feelings and emotions, painting gesturally, non-geometrically, sometimes applying paint with large brushes, sometimes dripping or even throwing it onto canvas. Abstract Expressionism is characterized by a strong dependence on what appears to be accident and chance but which may be highly planned. Sometimes an Abstract Expressionist artist is concerned with adopting a peaceful and mystical approach to a purely abstract image. Usually there is no effort to represent subject matter.
All of Reuben’s work is abstract and expressive with the spontaneity of Reuben’s approach to his work drawing from and releasing the creativity of his unconscious mind. The expressive method of his painting is considered as important as the painting itself.