Action Figuration: Betsy Cain

5 Sep

When I took figure drawing in college, I recall my professor telling us that once we mastered drawing the figure realistically, that’s when the real fun begins.  For once you understand the hollows and bumps of the human figure, you can then abstract your representation to your heart’s content.  Savannah artist Betsy Cain’s work energetically fuses the figure with the abstract in gorgeous layers of color.

Red Yellow Love Melt, oil on canvas, 60×80

Like the work of other abstract expressionists, Cain’s work appears to be purely non-representational, but often you can detect a figure coming through the energetic fever of the canvas.

Neural Nude, oil on canvas, 54×72

Nature of Not Knowing, oil on canvas, 60×60

Each work consists of layer upon layer of colorful, expressive strokes which may end in a purely abstract composition yet each gives us a glimpse into the artist’s connection between her mind, the paint and the canvas.

Nerve Flower, oil on canvas, 60×60

To see more of Betsy Cain’s work, please visit her website.  If you happen to be reading from North Florida, you can check out Betsy Cain’s solo exhibition, Selections at Florida Mining in Jacksonville, opening this Friday, September 7th!

4 Responses to “Action Figuration: Betsy Cain”

  1. prewitt1970 September 5, 2012 at 9:52 am #


  2. Stephen Page (eudaimonia) September 5, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    Nice stuff, the muted shapes project subjective images into the brain.

  3. Mikk Murray September 5, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    I like the works! 🙂

  4. n0kka September 6, 2012 at 2:11 am #

    Reblogged this on THIS IS A DREAM.

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