In the 1950s Smarkusz infused his form of Figurative Expression with surreal abstractions
In 1951 Vincent studied painting at The Museum School of Boston under the direction of Karl Zerb. While there, he experimented with Gestural Abstraction, Delcalcomania and Grattage, Color field painting, and his own innovations in Abstract Expressionist and Surrealist painting techniques.
He began practicing his ability to allow the fluidity / viscosity of the paint tself, and his own automatic movements with it, to suggest and guide the emergence of his imagery. By doing so, he was able to explore his own unconscious participation in the work.
Through the decade, his paintings became increasingly abstract, surreal, and mystical, with the artist referring to the imagery as "dreams and nughtmares". We have chosen to call this phase in his art Fusionism, as it fuses the figurative with the abstract surreal, as well as the sensual with the esoteric.
Smarkusz - Abstracts in Acrylic on Aluminum.
1979 Posthumous Exhibit at Central Connecticut State University
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