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Above and Below


Marc Raphael


Acrylic on Canvas


44 x 72 in
112 x 183 cm


Artspace Warehouse (Los Angeles)


Los Angeles artist Marc Raphael captivates by his abstract expressionism paintings influenced by New York's abstract expressionist movement. After encountering Jackson Pollock’s work for the first time in the 90s, Raphael was enraptured by the scale, energy, color, and abstraction, awakening his creative spirit. Raphael’s painting technique combines the movement of his body, the viscous flow of paint, the force of gravity, and the absorption of paint into the canvas in a mixture of controllable and uncontrollable factors.

This original blue artwork by Raphael measures 44 inches tall by 72 inches wide and was created with acrylic paint on canvas. The sides are painted as a continuation of the front and the artwork comes ready to hang with no framing necessary, while the artist's signature and title adorn the back. Free delivery is available for those in the local Los Angeles area, and affordable worldwide shipping is available for US and international art collectors. A certificate of authenticity from the art gallery is included.

Raphael, a former K-12 teacher turned full-time painter, explores the depths of acrylic and latex paints, bringing unconscious thoughts to life through imaginative freedom. His process involves applying intuitive marks on raw canvas, allowing the painting to evolve naturally. With a balance of control and spontaneity, Raphael's creations evoke the spirit of jazz improvisation.

Marc Raphael's exceptional abstract expressionist paintings are held in private collections worldwide.


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Marc Raphael

Marc Raphael

Influenced by the New York abstract expressionism of the 1940s and 50s, Los Angeles artist Marc Raphael began teaching himself how to create his first action paintings in 1991. After encountering Jackson Pollock’s work for the first time, Raphael was enraptured by the scale, energy, color, and abstraction, awakening his creative spirit. Marc Raphael’s original artworks have been exhibited and collected across the United States. Over time, as his skill, reputation, and demand have increased, his widespread recognition has grown as well.

“As an action painter who paints in an abstract expressionist style, I am primarily interested in the process of making art. I lay raw, unstretched canvas on the floor, and intuitively apply the first marks of acrylic paint on the canvas. What I love about raw canvas is how watered-down acrylic paint stains the cotton fibers, providing a smoothly textured background. By consciously attending to formal elements, especially color, line, and texture, and allowing intuition to freely assert itself, the painting soon comes to life and presents a direction. This balance between control and spontaneity reminds me of improvisational jazz, and that is why I refer to my paintings as ‘jazz-like improvisations on canvas.’”

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