A number of contemporary artists use lettering in one form or other in their paintings. It is not a particularly new thing. Recent calligraphic paintings can trace their roots back to the late 1960s and early 1970s. Their predecessors are painters like Joseph Kosuth and Cy Twombly.
Contemporary paintings also often exhibit influences from tag art and graffiti.
Today’s video shows José Parlá painting Nature of Language on location in the Hunt Library (SNØHETTA), North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. Part of the artist’s statement that accompanies the video states:
I found inspiration in the essence of words and their combined power however abstract within a landscape of gestural forms and characters that serve as carriers of meaning. Within this meta-landscape a viewer is welcomed to read into or feel the Nature of this universal language putting grammatical forms on hold.
With patches of extreme weather occurring around the globe, I hope your weekend is meteorologically boring.