Featured Artist Bindia Hallauer

Artist Bindia Hallauer offers a selection of abstract expressionist paintings inspired by life events. See more of her portfolio on her website.

 

abstract painting by Bindia Hallauer

“Mirrors at odd angles” acrylic on canvas, 16″ x 20″

 

I am a self-taught artist who paints in abstract expressionist style. Whenever an inner compulsion exists, I choose to honor the internal imperative.

 

abstract painting by Bindia Hallauer

“Figments” acrylic on canvas, 20″ x 30″

 

I do not sketch prior to painting. With a concept in mind, I go on to developing the basic raw materials for the artwork–a step that I find deeply reflective and soothing.

 

abstract painting by Bindia Hallauer

“Mirage” acrylic on canvas, 20″ x 30″

 

Unlike many other artists, I seldom paint on an easel or stand. With the canvas or wood panel laid out flat on my table, I walk around it, working from different sides. My gestural strokes are intuitive, but the color choices and composition are very intentional.

 

abstract painting by Bindia Hallauer

“Language is Leaving” acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 36″

 

I am unafraid of erasure and chance as I am quite aware that the paint and colors themselves can carry their own story. My implements vary from brushes, wedges and palette knifes to experimental techniques with varying acrylic densities.

 

abstract painting by Bindia Hallauer

“Holika” acyrlic on canvas, 36″ x 48″

 

The body of my work is a catalog of the events and thoughts of my life, akin to a journal. Travels, going to places, reading; all these ignite my imagination.

 

abstract painting by Bindia Hallauer

“Riot” acrylic on canvas, 16″ x 20″

 

The ensuing perspectives and insights have opened the world to me in all its gamut. I have travelled extensively and lived in different continents; however, my home-studio nook is my preferred sanctuary for making art.

 

abstract painting by Bindia Hallauer

“Belly of Beast” acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 36″

 

The transition from a high-tech career to an art and design one was a catalyst for developing a series of artworks. Other transitions have stimulated my art making. For example, after moving from the northwest region in the United States (where I lived near Seattle for a long time) to southern Nevada, I made another array of abstract paintings.

 

abstract painting by Bindia Hallauer

“Fireflies” acrylic on canvas, 16″ x 20″

 

Last year, the loss of a dear family member was hard on me. The paintings “Figments,” “Mirage” and “Language is Leaving” emerged taking note of their battle with life, whereas my own struggle was captured in the paintings “Dilemma” and “Mirrors at Odd Angles.”

 

abstract painting by Bindia Hallauer

“Limoncello” acrylic on canvas, 18″ x 24″

 

In due course, “Holika” and “Riot” helped me cope with mortality and loss. There is no doubt that the healing value of art for me is in the doing—creativity as an act of both survival and revival. This is exactly why hope and re-affirmation for life can be seen in the “Belly of Beast,” “Fireflies” and “Limoncello.”

 

Artist Bindia Hallauer working in her home studio

Artist Bindia Hallauer working in her home studio

 

Art has allowed me to follow my instincts with enthusiasm rather than restraint. Through art, I articulate and communicate my sense of the world, my understanding of the human condition and resilience. If the viewer gets transported into the world created with my language, then the mutual connection is itself rewarding.

 

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