Werner Drewes, Thanksgiving, 1969
Influenced by Kandinsky, Drewes’ paintings were abstract and full of bright color. He also involved elements of Cubism in many of his creations. The painting below, entitled Collage #304, functions as a cubist inspired piece. Collage,first introduced by Pablo Picasso, was startling to critics of the time for its intent to heighten the importance of craft to that of “high art” and all together abolish the hand of the artist. In Drewes Collage #304, he uses a dynamic composition, with strong diagonals and geometry to excite the viewer. Bright solid colors becomes the subject matter here.
Drewes, Collage #304, 1977.
Drewes’ use of color is a defining characteristic of his style, where bold blocks of color combine with abstract shapes. His compositions became increasingly more abstracted as the years went on. After retiring from teaching, Drewes settled in Virginia and stayed there until his death in 1985. During this time, the artist was recognized with a number of exhibitions at major galleries, and even a retrospective devoted entirely to his printmaking at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.