Portfolio > Expanded Fragments

Two Steps
Oil on canvas
36" x 58"
2019
Contemporary abstraction
Oil
42" x 68"
2017
Converse Inverse Reverse
Oil on canvas
36" x 58"
2016
Green Earth
Oil on canvas
30" x 48"
2016
Red Earth
Oil on canvas
30" x 48"
2016
Light on Middle (Gift of the Artist)
Oil on canvas
31" x 62"
2014
Flash
Oil on Canvas
51" x 51"
2015
Two Both
Oil on canvas
31" x 49"
2014
Circus Dream Part Two
Oil on canvas
48" x 36"
2014
 Large scale abstract painting by W. E. Colburn.
oil on canvas
46" x 74"
2011
Shim Sim
Oil on Canvas
32" x 20"
2015
 Large scale abstract painting by Bill Colburn.
Oil on canvas
52" x 52"
2010
2009 was the coldest summer we can remember.  Large scale abstract painting by Bill Colburn.
Oil on Canvas
30.5" x 64.5"
2009

These paintings are expanded fragments of visual experiences. They depict color, texture, and light emerging from the periphery, and embrace the traditional beauty of a carefully built up and painterly surface.

Visual experience - The bricks, rust, pavement, and summer sky of Lake Street and Chicago Avenue. The blur of purple and yellow wildflowers against Iowa’s green fields on a hot sunny Interstate 35. The burnt umbers, alizarin crimsons, and ultramarine blues, from Rembrandt to Murakami, in so many museums. I am invariably drawn to fragments. Colors run through each other, textures advance and recede, and paint transforms into luminescence.