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Ione - Contemporary Abstract Artist: Avant Garde Acrylic and Enamel Painting and Metal Wall Sculpture. ABSTRACTION IS THE CLEAREST ARTISTIC EXPRESSION OF MY INNER EXPERIENCES.

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NEW!! ABSTRACTS - Abstract paintings by Ione Citrin

CRUSHED SERIES - Highly textured oil paintings accomplished by careful formulation of various oil paints, varnishes, & mediums designed to produce the tactile effects you see here. Every painting is "crushed", "wrinkled" and "organic" in appearance. These paintings take daily applications of my "special" formula and constant applications of color along with months to finally dry. They are finished with a slick, high gloss lacquer.

GOING AROUND IN CIRCLES SERIES - Circular abstract paintings by Ione Citrin - "CIRCLE PAINTINGS" - I love circles. The power of the world always works in circles, and everything tries to be round.

ART ON THE SQUARE SERIES - Abstracts 26" x 36" created with acrylics on board, framed and lacquered. The squares are a series of small 4" X 5" canvases pieced together to make one large rectangular piece.

METAL MADNESS - A series of enamel on metal abstract paintings by Ione Citrin

SUNSET PAINTINGS - A sextet of diptychs


:: ABSTRACTS



Comma

19" high x 19 1/2" wide
pastel
Comma pastel painting

"Comma" - I created this in a heated frenzy of pastel dust and sweat. As you can tell, I love bright fervent colors. They get my heart started and boil my emotions. With a new set of pastels and clean hands and paper, I was highly motivated to begin a new project. I didn't know where I was going, but then I never do. I just always select my materials and colors, and jump out of the plane.

Basically, insofar as this piece is concerned, I started with the outline of the "comma", which is what I would later call the finished piece. I didn't mean to paint a "comma"; it was just my initial stroke. It appealed to me to keep going, so I feverishly added more bright colors. I never know where my work is going to take me whatever it is. I know the proper way to begin any art piece is to do a sketch first and work out all the details. That's too easy for me. I need more challenge. So, I just jump in. But then, that's how I've conducted my whole life. I've been lucky, my method works for me. My work is always a big surprise. I use a mirror frequently to check my program; time has no meaning...

I finish when I finish and feel there is nothing more to be done. I don't advise my process of art making to be followed; it works for me. When it feels "done", I'm "done" too. I wipe the sweat off my forehead and wait to check the "monster piece" the next morning before I send it to the photographer. Hope you like the above piece of sweat.



NEW!! Atlantis

36" high x 24" wide
acrylic on canvas
Atlantis abstract acrylic on canvas
"Atlantis" -"What's striking about this piece is the storytelling. The viewer can imagine a whole world in the piece and the story begins with the hard understandable forms at the top of the piece and ends with the dissolved matter at the bottom" - Jordan Bruns/Artist

Yes, I am a world traveler, but, No, I've never been to "Atlantis".... except in my imagination. I didn't start out painting what I think the legendary island looks like, I just started painting in my haphazard style, using acrylic colors which I thought might work together, and when I stepped back to take a critical look at what I'd done, I thought to myself, "Voila, Atlantis"! So I sallied forth and further developed the painting along these lines. So, now I guess I can say, I've been to Atlantis too!



NEW!! String of Pearls

36" high x 24" wide
acrylic on canvas
String of Pearls abstract acrylic on canvas
"String of Pearls" - I came across a necklace in my drawer. The clasp had broken and they were swirled out in a fanciful design in the otherwise empty drawer.  They reminded me of Stan, my first husband. He gave me a beautiful extra-long string of cultured pearls when we were first married. He put his grandmother's diamonds in the gold clasp. They are lovely, and I still highly treasure them. I don't wear them very much now, but when I do I always remember him. He died of cancer many years ago when he was only 48.


NEW!! Radiance

36" high x 24" wide
acrylic on canvas
Radiance abstract acrylic on canvas
"Radiance" - The sun is an important entity in all my work, whether it be realistic or abstract. To me, the sun is the beginning of life, the beginning of everything, the center of reality, and appears regularly in many of my paintings. While this abstract, "Radiance", doesn't depict the sun exactly, it is an abstraction of the radiance the sun exudes.


NEW!! Succulents

34" high x 24" wide
acrylic on canvas
Succulents abstract acrylic on canvas
"Succulents" - It is difficult to explain abstract art. It is so subjective. I didn't start out painting succulents, it just happened, and so like Darwin I found another species of succulents and so baptized them!

"SUCCULENTS" RECEIVES SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION - Artist IONE CITRIN of LOS ANGELES, CA has received a Special Recognition Merit Award for artwork in the "12th Annual All Media Juried Online International Art Exhibition" hosted by Upstream People Gallery. The juror, Art Professor Bradshaw,  states this about this specially recognized work:

"'IONE CITRIN of Los Angeles, California is a popular artist in the L.A. area and enjoys wide success with her works on canvas. In this show, her piece "Succulents" is very moving and uplifting with the clearly defined curvilinear patterning and the more amorphous and cool background.'"

The exhibition will be featured online during January 2010 at www.upstreampeoplegallery.com and continue for 12 months, closing December 31, 2010.



NEW!! Rhythms

18" high x 14" wide
oil on canvas
Rhythms abstract oil on canvas

"Rhythms" - I love music. All kinds. I love dance. Whenever I hear music with a strong beat, my feet start moving in time to the sounds. Rhythms "happened" when I was listening to soul music. The beat was there and my brush followed the thrust of the music. Music, visual art, dance; all the creative arts are interrelated. They all use the right side of the brain; the creative side. The left side of the brain governs the practical and theoretical thinkings. I was born with no left side to my brain, so I'm compelled to create.



NEW!! Centerpiece

23" high x 30" wide
watercolor

Centerpiece abstract watercolor painting


NEW!! Cosmos

18" high x 20" wide
oil on canvas
Cosmos abstract oil on canvas

"Cosmos" - The earth is but a small speck within a galaxy of planets. Outside our galaxy there are millions of galaxies with their own planets. It's hard to visualize and understand this concept, but it does exist. Scientists have visual proof, robots have been sent to Mars, men have been sent to the moon, and it's just a matter of time until we will go outside our Milky Way to discover what lies beyond. The opportunities are endless. The ideas abound. Within time we will find life on other planets. Just as we came to be that is how life exists outside our solar system. Exciting to contemplate.

I think a green galaxy would be cool. Possibly somewhere out in space far beyond our own galaxy a green one exists, then my painting "Cosmos" would be pertinent. Right now it is a piece of fiction in my imagination. I'll let you know when and if it is discovered with paintings of the actual galaxy.



Galaxy #2

26" high x 36" wide
oil on canvas

Galaxy #2 abstract painting
"Galaxy #2" - A new galaxy discovered by Stephen Hawking in 2001. It is 100,000 light years away from earth, but does show vague signs of life. Our Space Dept. is currently running scans and other technical tests to decide if it would be worthwhile to send a robot to this planet for further examination. They are currently building and customizing a special robot for this purpose. It will be ready in 2012, and at that time further determination is necessary before a final lift off can be made. Stay tuned for more news.


Cave of Forgotten Dreams

30" x 20"
watercolor and gold foil on paper in gold frame

Cave of Forgotten Dreams abstract watercolor on paper painting


NEW!! Winter

22 1/2" high x 24" wide
acrylic
Winter acrylic painting
"Winter" - The winter set in with a fierce command. Everything was ice cold, gray, and slushy. The city was encased in a crust of uncomfortable weather. Even the birds and squirrels were not to be seen. This city, known for its cold weather, has outdone itself this season. The temperatures were the lowest in history. Industry was practically at a standstill. Mail was not delivered, transportation, deliveries, the customs of civilized life were frozen in time.

"When will it end?" everyone cried. No one knew. Not the weather forecasters, the scientists, the government, not even Susie's grandmother, (who knew everything). "We'll just have to sit this one out." Mrs. Murphy said in her rocking chair, and then repeated it because there was nothing else she could think of saying.

Rocky, the hound, hunkered down and refused to go out to do his "duty", so Susie got puppy training pads for him to do his business on so he wouldn't have to freeze his feet. "Last week I had to pour warm water on his paws to unstuck him", she said to the pet store owner. Mr. Gottchalk said, "I know everyone's havin' their troubles this year."

The days and weeks rolled by without change. "Soon spring'll come, then it'll get better", Grandma Murphy said, "Soon as spring comes, you'll see." But "spring" never came. Global freezing, instead of global warming, had finally set in.



Spring Thaw

46" high x 46" wide
oil on wood

Spring Thaw abstract landscape oil painting


NEW!! Fish, Clams and Eels, Oh My!

22" x 28"
watercolor
Fish, Clams and Eels, Oh My!, abstract watercolor
"Fish, Clams and Eels, Oh My!" - They were all new hatchlings exploring the warm waters where they were spawned. They were enjoying their new life and exploring the strange wonderful world. Everything surprised them. Everything amazed them. When the little fish came upon a clam, the sight alarmed her and she bubbled, "Oh my!" When the Eel investigated the half-opened clam and the clam snapped shut, he said "Oh my!" and when the eel accidentally touched a jellyfish, he screeched "oh my!" It was an "oh my!" kinda' day in the undersea world off the Florida coast.


NEW!! In The Beginning

24" high x 24" wide
oil on canvas

In The Beginning

"In The Beginning" - "What am I?" one little microbe said to the other.

"I dunno', what am I?"

"What are they?"

"Where are we?"

"Where do we go from here?"

Flash forward to present time.

"What am I?"

"I dunno', what am I?"

"What are they?"

"Where are we?"

"Where do we go from here?"

Things never change.



NEW!! The Mating Game

16" high x 21 1/2" wide
watercolor

The Mating Game

"The Mating Game" - The experiment was going well. Jessica peered through the microscope and gently nudged one of the cells with a pick. It didn't seem to want to go near the other cell. It had a mind of its own. Jessica sighed. She was tired. She had been working in the school laboratory for hours and it was getting dark. Mother was at home waiting to be fed, and she had to leave, otherwise things would be uncontrollable when she got home.

"Just one more little poke", she thought. But it didn't work this time either. "Those babies are stubborn", Jessica muttered.

"Well, enough is enough." She sighed, and began to put her things together and call it a day.

"Tomorrow, I will make it happen...tomorrow is another day."



NEW!! Blooms

16" high x 12" wide
acrylic painting
Blooms abstract acrylic painting

"Blooms" - Jackie threw the small arrangement of flowers into the stream, and then stood there frozen in her grief. She watched the petals separate and sink and drift away. "Just like us," she thought and then mumbled again, "Just like us."

She stood there for the longest time until she could regain her composure and muster the drive home. Watching the flowers float away was the final gesture in the closing act of their relationship. It was now finally over and she had to continue on. There was no other choice. She knew when she began dating Jeff that he was married, so she went into it with open eyes. What she didn't know was that she would fall head over heels in love with him, and that he would never leave his wife and kids.

"My fault", "All my fault", and yet she decided what they had wasn't so bad. It satisfied their needs to a certain extent. When she wanted more and he couldn't give it, it became an impossible situation and the relationship ended. The drive home cleared her head. There was nothing else for her to do except continue her life and remember the good times she had with Jeff. Maybe she could find someone else to have these same good times? She didn't know but would try to find someone to share her life with. "Tomorrow is another day."



NEW!! Blue Birds
12" high x 16" wide
acrylic painting
Blue Birds abstract acrylic painting

"Blue Birds" - Angie and Max were on their annual migration south. They had been flying for many hours, and it was time to land and rest for the night before continuing on. Every year the trip got more difficult, but it was in their nature to migrate and they followed their instincts. The area they would settle in for the winter was warm and full of their food. Their friends would be there to visit and play with in the sunshine.

Their nature wouldn't let them stay in the cold north where they would surely die, so as soon as the temperature dropped they began their trip. Angie gave Max a good night peck and tucked her head into her wing. Sleep would restore them for tomorrow's long flight south.



Spin

46" high x 36" wide
acrylic on canvas

Spin, abstract acrylic painting

"Spin" - The invention was complete. Joel had been working on his creation for over a year, and now it was done! It was a giant spinning top, something every adult/child would want! Joel was convinced it would be grabbed up by every toy company in America, and then some. He was already counting his millions.

The huge toy was very precious to him, something he dreamt about when he was a boy. He never had a toy. He lived on a farm in a hardscrabble existence where toys were an unheard of luxury. So he dreamt about a toy to play with and he kept this dream until he was finally old enough to physically put together his "dream". Now that he had finished, he hit the remote button and "Spin" lit up, music played and it began spinning faster and faster until it was only a whir. Joel was ecstatic.

But after two hours it was still spinning, the remote didn't work, and he couldn't make it stop; didn't know how. He left it in the garage spinning away with the music blaring and fell asleep in the house. The next day it was still spinning and he didn't know quite what to do. He lived alone on the farm, so neighbors were miles away and the loud music didn't bother anyone. The cows and chickens didn't mind either. So he decided he'd just let the giant top just run its course.

Six months later the top was still turning, the music blaring. Two years later the same. This continued until Joel's hair was turning grey. By then he had lived with the machine and the noise for 20 years and had become used to it. He'd go out into the barn every day to check on it and dance a little to the music and then go do his chores. His precious toy was his only companion, and he let it do its "thing" until they both died at a very old age. When Joel took his last breath, so did the top. "C'est l'vie."



NEW!! A Rose Between the Thorns

34" high x 25" wide
acrylic on wood

A Rose Between the Thorns
"A Rose Between the Thorns" - There is always something good to be found within a thorny situation. It might seem unlikely, but if you take time and have the patience and desire you can pick out the rose. Your fingers might get a little scratched, blood might even appear, but the rose is there and worth searching and finding.


Outposts

24" high x 36" wide
acrylic on canvas

Outposts abstract acrylic on canvas painting
"Outposts" - Represents the vast loneliness and harsh circumstances of being lost in an unfamiliar area. It could be a dream or even a reality. Being without direction in freezing weather is true hell. Have you ever been lost? I have, but I survived to tell this story and paint this picture. It is a painting about survival, no matter what. If I did it, you can do it too.


Arabian Nights

16" high x 12" wide
oil on canvas
Arabian Nights oil on canvas painting

"Arabian Nights" - A fantasy abstract simulating a Middle Eastern Aura.



Warp

25" high x 21" wide
acrylic on canvas
Warp acrylic on canvas


Desert Sea

30" high x 40" wide
acrylic on canvas

Desert Sea abstract acrylic on canvas

"Desert Sea" is a visionary rippling, stark landscape depicitng what our environment could become, should our water systems not be carefully shepherded for the use of future generations.



Goose

40" high x 30" wide
watercolor on paper

goose abstract watercolor on paper


California Coastline

30" high x 20" wide
acrylic on canvas

California Coastline abstract acrylic on canvas painting


Oriental Tree

18" high x 16" wide
watercolor on paper

Oriental Tree abstract watercolor on paper


Water #1 abstract watercolor on paper Water #2 abstract watercolor on paper
Water #1

16" high x 12" wide
watercolor on paper

Water #2

16" high x 12" wide
watercolor on paper

"Water #1 & Water #2 - Water, for me, is a place to research. Primordial water is the birthplace of works of art. Everything originated from small organisms that float in the waters, which were once transformed, not only in our imagination, into fantastic beings, like seductive sirens. Tenuous forms come to life through light, and suggest shapes through their absence. Empty appearances should not scare us. They are full of life.



Autumn Haze #1 abstract acrylic on canvas painting Autumn Haze #2 abstract acrylic on canvas painting
Autumn Haze #1

15" high x 10" wide
acrylic on canvas

Autumn Haze #2

15" high x 10" wide
acrylic on canvas

The last miserably hot days of summer hung in the air causing a warm glow on everything. The CTA bus was sweltering with its overload of passengers. Lannie hung on to the pole, squeezed between Chicago's humanity. She caught the time on a clock on the outside of a building. "Five minutes to go, and then I'm toast", she thought. Finally the bus came to her stop and she pushed her way through the crowd to the door.

She walked as quickly as her platform shoes allowed, through the crowded downtown blocks to her interview, held in one of the dilapidated buildings on the fringe of the shopping area. The elevator was as old as the building. It squeaked its way up to the top floor where the interview was being held.

The door squeaked open and the reception room was jam-packed with people all waiting their turn for the audition. Lannie became one of the many, and she held her place in between two enormous women. There was no air conditioning in this building. The windows were open, the fans were whirring, but it made no difference, it was hot and humid. She had no choice but to stay or leave. She hung in as long as she could, as the clock ticked off the hours.

Finally, her name was called, and she walked into the interview room with a brave smile to face "today's opportunity for fame and fortune". The faces of the people inside immediately turned into scowls. "You're a brunette", and another one, "we asked for under 30 for this role". "O.K." gottcha', Lannie smiled, twirling around on those high high heels and bravely walked back out the door, pushing her way through the reception room and out the door.

She paused in the hallway, pulled out her appointment book and found her next interview, "Way on the other side of town".



Apocalypse

50" x 50"
oil on board

Apocalypse oil painting

"Apocalypse" - What could be more definitive than the destruction, material and intangible, that war and aggression causes?

"Apocalypse" shows a particular battlefield, no winners, no losers, just unrecognizable remains.

That usually is the outcome of all wars.



Tickled Pink

28" high x 20" wide
enamel on wood

Tickled Pink enamel on wood


Abyss

28" high x 18" wide
oil on canvas

Abyss oil on canvas


NEW!! Waterfall

20" high x 14" wide
watercolor

Waterfall abstract landscape watercolor painting
"Waterfall" - He died. He told me he didn't want a funeral. He thought funerals were "stupid" and expensive. He wanted me to take his ashes to Hawaii and scatter them in the ocean off one of the beautiful beaches; any one I chose. He loved the beaches in Hawaii. I had all good intentions of carrying out his final wishes, but when the time came, I didn't have the mental stability to make the necessary arrangements.

So, instead of a long flight to a deserted beach, I went into the woods where we used to hike and pick flowers. I walked to the waterfall we loved to look at and listen to. As I walked I felt his steps by mine. I heard his breath in my thoughts. I saw his smiling face. His ashes rustled in the box I carried under my arm. I climbed to the top of the waterfall.

"Johnny, I love you. I'll always love you. You will live in my heart and dreams for the rest of my life. I want to be with you always."

I held the box of ashes in my hands and jumped.



Wine Black White

14" high x 16" wide
watercolor on paper

Wine Black White watercolor on paper


Tsunami

30" high x 40" wide
oil on paper

Tsunami abstract oil painting


Fish

26" high x 30" wide
watercolor on paper

Fish watercolor on paper


Boys Night Out

30" high x 24" wide
acrylic on paper

Boys Night Out abstract acrylic painting


Bongo Player

16" high x 12" wide
oil on paper

Bongo Player abstract oil painting


NEW!! Mother Earth

23" high x 15" wide
watercolor

Mother Earth abstract watercolor painting


Dance of Conflict

40" high x 30" wide
watercolor on paper

Dance of Conflict abstract watercolor painting


The Three Faces of Eve

16" high x 12" wide
oil on paper

The Three Faces of Eve abstract oil on paper painting


The Library

46" high x 36" wide
acrylic on canvas

The Library acrylic  painting


NEW!! Ballooning

34" high x 24" wide
acrylic on canvas

Ballooning

"Ballooning" - I had a disturbing dream where I was on a mountain top with my family and we were trying to grab the strings of the balloons which were floating above our heads. We wanted to get off the mountain top and we knew if we could grab onto the balloon strings they would take us to safety. They were all around us, but we couldn't quite grab their strings. Try as we might, we just couldn't connect. I don't know if we ever got off the mountain top, 'cause the alarm rang and I woke up.



The Storm

46" high x 36" wide
acrylic

The Storm, abstract acrylic painting


Panagea

46" high x 36" wide
acrylic on canvas

Panagea, abstract acrylic painting


Half Closed Blinds

16" high x 24" wide
watercolor on paper

Half Closed Blinds abstract painting


Tree of Life

36" high x 36" wide
acrylic 6 panels

Tree of Life abstract acrylic 6 panels
"Tree of Life" - The "Tree of Life" is an endless succession of the human family. We all began in the trees in Africa, evolving and multiplying throughout the years to become the cantankerous trillions of scrambling human beings, still killing each other out of greed and power. Each little flower represents someone in the human diaspora. Maybe you can recognize someone from your family?


Lily Pond

30" high x 30" wide
watercolor on paper

Lily Pond original watercolor on paper


Waterlilies

30" high x 30" wide
watercolor on paper

Waterlilies original watercolor on paper


City Lights

29" high x 24" wide
acrylic on paper

City Lights original acrylic on paper


Crack House

16" high x 12" wide
enamel on canvas

Crack House original enamel on canvas


Cityscape

40" high x 50" wide
abstract wall sculpture

Cityscape abstract wall sculpture

"Cityscape" - The night was black, the air cold, the surroundings uninviting. A shiver went through those who were out paroling the city streets and those who had bedded down on the sidewalks.

"How to navigate through the darkness," was a thought Aaron had as he looked for some friendly bench to spend the night. "That would make a good how-to book", his mind was drifting, tired from too much of everything. "Ah, that one looks cozy", and he struggled to a bus stop with a canopy over it. "Just in case of rain, I got cover", he muttered.

The bench was cold and hard, but it was a place to rest his body for a while. He curled up and immediately went into an exhausted sleep with vibrant dreams. His mother, Ethel, appeared chastising him for one thing and another, she faded away and his boss and fellow workers appeared snubbing him as he walked by.

The dream went on and on, finally blurring into nothingness. He wished he could stay in the "nothingness" zone, but morning came and he was awakened by the increased traffic on the street and people conversing by the bus stop. "O.K." he muttered, getting to his feet for another day of wandering the desert of the city streets.



Oriental Oval

28" oval
oil on canvas
Oriental Oval oil on canvas


Bridge Over Troubled Water

30" high x 40" wide
oil on canvas

Bridge Over Troubled Water oil on canvas


Forbidden Forest

22" high x 24" wide
collage

Forbidden Forest abstract collage


New World

24" high x 22" wide
collage

New World abstract collage


NEW!! Waves - pair

36" high x 18" wide
acrylic & brass on canvas

Waves abstract collage


Contemporary Flowers

36" high x 18" wide
mixed media

Contemporary Flowers, mixed media


Mosaic Abstract

36" high x 18" wide
mixed media

Mosaic Abstract, mixed media


Friends

36" high x 18" wide
mixed media

Friends, mixed media


River of Gold

40" high x 30" wide
abstract wall sculpture

River of Gold abstract wall sculpture


Stellar Abstraction abstract mixed media wall sculpture Stellar Abstraction - detail of abstract mixed media wall sculpture
Stellar Abstraction

30" high x 96" wide
mixed media wall sculpture

Stellar Abstraction - detail

 
 

 

"Stellar Abstraction" - Wanting to celebrate the New Year (2012) in style, I thought I'd create something really unusual. The left, full image shows what came out of my imagination. I hired a carpenter to build the support following a sketch I made for him. Then the support was struggled into my studio. I didn't realize how big 96" really is until it lay stretched out before me. The next months were spent on hands and knees designing and implementing my ideas. I used oil paint, and the small square diagonal centerpiece is made from scrap metal. Above right photo shows a detail of the centerpiece...



Gadget

23" high x 23" wide x 5" deep
mixed media

Gadget abstract mixed media


The Factory

48" high x 24" wide
mixed media

The Factory abstract mixed media

"The Factory" and "The Site" - Were once bustling places, full of men and women working at a furious pace. Then hard economic times hit, and now they are shuttered. Closed tight. No more.

Where are all the people? Where is the noise of machinery humming, voices yelling above the sounds of heavy equipment and all the other signs of life at the factory? All gone.

The surrounding town is completely depressed. Half her citizens have left to look for work and the other half are too old or too young to leave. Eventually the town will become a ghost town, but right now it's still struggling along at a death's pace.

"The Factory" and "The Site" represent all that is left of a past that was full of hope and promise. They now stand as tribute to the greed that exists in the economic world whose "near-death" depressions ruin many lives, many towns, many "factories".



Clue

50" high x 40" wide diptych
acrylic

Clue abstract mixed media wall sculpture


The Site

62" high x 28" wide
mixed media wall sculpture

The Site abstract mixed media wall sculpture



:: CRUSHED SERIES - a series of highly textured oil paintings by Ione Citrin
Plein Air Crushed landscape oil painting Tres Trees Crushed landscape oil painting
Plein Air Crushed

32" high x 36" wide
crushed series
oil on canvas hexagon
Tres Trees

32" high x 36" wide
crushed series
oil on canvas hexagon


Flowering Trees landscape oil painting Swamp Flower landscape oil painting
Flowering Trees

32" high x 36" wide
crushed series
oil on canvas hexagon
Swamp Flower

32" high x 36" wide
crushed series
oil on canvas hexagon


Desert Storm landscape oil painting Treehouse landscape oil painting
Desert Storm

32" high x 36" wide
crushed series
oil on canvas hexagon
Treehouse

32" high x 36" wide
crushed series
oil on canvas hexagon


Rose Rage

32" high x 36" wide
crushed series
oil on canvas
Rose Rage still life oil painting


Volunteers

21" high x 24" wide
crushed series
oil on canvas
Volunteers oil on canvas painting

"Volunteers" - An abstract of men volunteering for President Obama's new projects.



Wrinkled Roses

11" high x 14" wide
crushed series
oil on canvas
Wrinkled Roses still life painting


Crushed Silver Flowers

11" high x 14" wide
crushed series
oil on canvas
Crushed Silver Flowers still life oil painting


:: GOING AROUND IN CIRCLES SERIES - circular abstract paintings by Ione Citrin

"Circle Paintings" - I love circles. The power of the world always works in circles, and everything tries to be round. "The sky is round, and the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves."
Black Elk, Oglala Sioux Holy Man, 1863-1950



Cabbage Rose

25" circular diptych
enamel on wood
Cabbage Rose original watercolor on paper


Magic Mountain

16" high x 56" wide
oil on canvas diptych
Magic Mountain oil on canvas diptych


Prisms

36" circle
acrylic on canvas
Prisms abstract painting - original acrylic on canvas


UFO

36" circle
acrylic on steel
UFO abstract painting - original acrylic on steel


Platinum

16" circle
acrylic on canvas
Platinum abstract painting - original acrylic on canvas


Sunset

16" circle
acrylic on canvas
Sunset abstract painting - original acrylic on canvas

"Sunset" - Night falls and the mystery of the dark begins.



Eclipse

20" high x 20" wide
mixed media
Eclipse abstract painting - original mixed media


Heaven Purgatory Hell

36" circle
original acrylic on canvas diptych
Heaven/Purgatory/Hell abstract painting - original acrylic on canvas


Golden Circle

16" circle
acrylic on canvas
Golden Circle abstract painting - original acrylic on canvas


NEW!! Clouds

19" circle
watercolor

Clouds



:: ART ON THE SQUARE - a series of abstract paintings by Ione Citrin


Abstract Galaxy

26" high x 36" wide


watercolor and collage

LIMITED EDITION giclee prints available from Ione Citrin.

Abstract Galaxy abstract painting


Autumn

26" high x 36" wide
oil on canvas

"I believe that all leaves, even grasses and mosses, acquire brighter colors just before their fall. When you come to observe faithfully the changes of each humblest plant, you find that each has, sooner or later, its peculiar autumnal tint." -- Henry David Thoreau

Autumn abstract painting


Flower Power

26" high x 36" wide
oil on canvas

Flower Power abstract painting


Jellyfish

26" high x 36" wide
oil on canvas

Jellyfish abstract painting


Albuquerque

26" high x 36" wide
oil on canvas

Albuquerque abstract painting


Cairo

26" high x 36" wide
oil on canvas

Cairo abstract painting


:: METAL MADNESS - a series of enamel on metal abstract paintings by Ione Citrin

These metal paintings came about one day when I happened upon some etched or "florintined" steel. These were fashioned as panels in an elevator. I loved the random pattern on the steel, making the light flicker over and about the brushings.
She

36" high x 36" wide
enamel on steel

She abstract metal painting


I was enthused! I just had to do something with this metal! So, I contacted a metal fabrication place and discovered that "spangled" or "florintined" steel is not an uncommon product. I immediately purchased a small sample of this galvanized steel and painted on it. Abstract impressions seemed to work best on the simplicity and strength of the support.

I then ordered a number of galvanized steel pans 36"h x 36"w with a 4" lip all round. Then a carpenter fashioned a wooden frame within the back of each pan, so that a cord could be placed for easy wall hanging.

Now my background was ready for my brain-waves, and "wave" they did! I plunged in and began painting. And, "voila" my metal series evolved.

One-Eyed Jack

36" high x 36" wide
enamel on steel

One-Eyed Jack abstract metal painting

"One-Eyed Jack" - Idols are symbols of a particular culture and idealogy. They are meant to be easily recognizable and associated with a particular group of people. They have a specific reaction, depending on the audience, and will arouse emotions according to the viewer's sensibility.

Idols, or icons, to me, are very stimulating to my imagination, and, therefore, easy for me to interpret in my various art projects. here is one on galvanized steel strictly out of my imagination.



Gimme a Hand

36" high x 36" wide
oil on steel

Gimme a Hand abstract metal painting

"Gimme A Hand" - "Abstractions" Captures 20th Century Art Movements" - Eye on Art - Grunion Gazette - May 13, 2010:

Second-place winter "Gimme a Hand" by Ione Citrin is a beautifully created painting of oil on steel. Illustrating both artistic prowess and street-culture sensibility, Citrin's painting is fun, edgy, thoughtful and thought provoking. By embracing a graffiti-like style, is Citrin perpetuating the rapid growth of street art or forcing us to recognize its inevitable place as the next level of abstraction in art history?



Whirlpool

36" high x 36" wide
oil on steel

Whirlpool abstract metal painting


The Blues

36" high x 36" wide
oil on steel

The Blues abstract metal painting


Before the Storm

36" high x 36" wide
oil on steel

Before the Storm abstract metal painting


Blood on the Moon

22" high x 24" wide
enamel on steel

Blood on the Moon abstract metal painting


Landing Field

36" high x 36" wide
enamel on steel

Landing Field abstract metal painting


Flight

36" high x 36" wide
enamel on steel

Flight abstract metal painting


:: SUNSET PAINTINGS - A sextet of diptychs

These paintings are "diptychs", a fancy word for a two-piece "piece". I love diptychs. Maybe because I'm a little "dippy" myself. Whatever the reason, I concocted these pieces during a hot period of creativity. First I did a sketch of the design which would appear on all of them, and then I had a carpenter make the pieces according to my specifications. And, voila, there they were and still are!

I guess I like to put things together, and I'm hoping to put you and my art together. Please contact me if you're interested.


Lagoon With Sunset abstract acrylic painting Ocean Sunset abstract acrylic painting
Lagoon With Sunset

50" high x 40" wide
acrylic on wood diptych

Ocean Sunset

50" high x 40" wide
acrylic on wood diptych



No Sunset in Hell abstract acrylic painting Sun Already Set abstract acrylic painting
No Sunset in Hell

50" high x 40" wide
acrylic on wood diptych

Sun Already Set

50" high x 40" wide
acrylic on wood diptych



Desert Sunset abstract acrylic painting Snowy Sunset abstract acrylic painting
Desert Sunset

50" high x 40" wide
acrylic on wood diptych

Snowy Sunset

50" high x 40" wide
acrylic on wood diptych

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