The mid-20th century was a fertile time for the invention of artistic movements. Minor movements bridged the major movements; Surrealism made the transition to abstract Expressionism through an artistic style that was coined abstract Impressionism.
The exhibition of paintings by Harold Olov Wang at Towns-Burr Gallery strongly represents this mini movement with a revival of the technique. Although Wang was a contemporary of movement masters like Hans Hofmann, Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock, he did not participate in the world of abstract art until 2000 when, at the age of 89, he put brush to canvas and revolutionized abstract Impressionism.
His work is imbued with unique layering of short, deliberate brush strokes of Impressionism and emotionally expressive, action splatter painting of abstract Expressionism. The resultant body of work, nearly 200 acrylic paintings titled New Dimensions, is colorful, energetic and seductive, full of visual clues that stimulate the imagination. More than a dozen of these works, along with some of Wang's earlier traditional art, are presented in the Burbank show.