“Orbs” by Bill Haffner is a large scale, contemporary acrylic painting on canvas. The large scale painting is four feet wide and five feet tall. It’s scale practically engulfs the viewer. In a large or standard room, “Orbs” makes a statement. The dynamic painting is a writhing composition of passionate black strokes reminiscent of Franz Kline. Careful placement of cream, white, and gray elements bring depth and rhythm to the piece. One can safely describe this painting as abstract. Although the painting does illicit some Rorschach test effect. Can a painting truly be void of narrative? The viewer inevitably implies their own bias whether the subject is literal or amorphous. “Orbs” seems to invite the viewer to write it’s story.
This painting is located in Sarasota, Florida. It is not on view at our Chattanooga store. Buyers may pick up the piece in person in Sarasota or have the painting shipped anywhere in the Continental USA. Select shipping preference at check out online.
About the artist:
William (Bill) Haffner is a Conceptual and Abstract Expressionist painter. He has spent nearly a quarter century immersed in the electric local and international art scene as an artist, art gallery director, contemporary fine art dealer and broker.
Haffner has a high level of expertise in 20th century art and has built fine art collections for distinguished clients worldwide.
Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Bill’s early years were steeped in all of the arts – galleries, live theatre, film, jazz and classical music. He credits his appreciation of fine art to the New York School artists, the original founders of the abstract art movement,
His formal education was from the Cooper School of Art in Cleveland, Ohio and ultimately made his way to the West Coast by way of Chicago and the Hawaiian Islands, always in association with his fine art career.
His passion for art from the late 1940s’ to the late1 980s’ has made its way into his work – abstract, graphic, gritty, organic. His layering style captures the true intent of the paint. Paint to canvas is the main axiom for the work. Large open canvas, relational painting with thematic elements is what comprises the work. With a few different painting styles, less is sometimes more and reflected in his canvas representation. Idiographic and ameba like soft shapes also add to his stylized formats, enabling the viewer to sense a feeling of calm.
Bill has left Los Angeles to take up residence in Sarasota Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. Bill’s work can be viewed in exhibit settings across the country.