Greatest Hits: Abdul Mati Klarwein

(Click to enlarge Blessing by Abdul Mati Klarwein)

I have to hand it to the sis over at Style Noir who rocked this wonderful Abdul Mati Klarwein piece on her post months back, along with a really lush video art piece by Piper Carter and Ogechi Chieke that was just incredibly beautiful.

(Click to enlarge Exterminating Angel by Abdul Mati Klarwein)

I was especially happy to see Klarwein's work again as I had always recognized his painting style, but his name had always escaped me. Up until then, I had never taken the time to "rediscover" his art on the Internet, so I've been spending time checking out his Web site, which has a hot little selection of works I hadn't seen before. So it's been a pleasure.

(Click to enlarge Yusef Lateef by Abdul Mati Klarwein)

I've loved his work since casting my eyes on that classic Santana album cover, Abraxas — a greeting card print of it has been a mainstay next to my bed for over a decade. That '60s surrealist/Romare Beardon-esque collage/expressive/painting style of his — still, to this day — is just ever so lovely.

(Click to enlarge Astral Body Awake by Abdul Mati Klarwein)
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