J. Steven Manolis (b. 1948-)
Jellyfish (17.14.04), 2016
Watercolor on Arches paper
17 x 14 inches
Framed in a natural wood shadow box.
J. Steven Manolis, is an American abstract expressionist artist who paints in both watercolors and acrylics on canvas. He studied for 30 years under the tutelage of world renown colorist and former student of Hans Hofman, Wolf Kahn (1927-2020). He is fascinated by the tropical flora and fauna of Florida, where he lives. Jellyfish is one of his many seascapes.
Renowned Art Critic, Donald Kuspit states, "Manolis’ Miami abstract expressionism is a welcome relief from New York abstract expressionism, and just as authentic. That is, the happy self or happy consciousness that informs Manolis’ art is just as “true” as the miserable self or unhappy consciousness… But, the contemporary question is whether we prefer the self-destructive despair of the Age of Anxiety…or whether it’s time to welcome a more emotionally constructive, delightful kind of abstract expressionism."