Originating in Germany in the beginning of the 20th century, Expressionism gained traction as a painting style among artists looking to push the boundaries of the painted the image.
Expressionism (along with Impressionism) sought to expand beyond the simple representation of a subject. An effort that had been arguably mastered with the invention of the recently invented camera.
Artists sought to push their own internal expressions of emotion and point-of-view not just in the choice of the subject matter but with how it was being represented down to the composition and the looseness of the paintstrokes. To push it beyond what a camera was able to express.
Fast-forward a century and the highly-stylized photograph is in the hands of billions of people every day in the form of a smartphone camera filter.
Series 1 of the Digital Painting Expressionism Editions explores the digital expression of this earlier style using loose, bold digital brushstrokes. Brushstrokes that alter and transform what was originally a photograph into a free expression unbound by the restraints of the "perfect representation". In a way, it's a call-back to the original Expressionists to say that, in the end, the expression no longer competes with the photographed image but now improvises from it and, sometimes, succeeds it.