DC Inspired: Moody Abstract Expressionism at the Alex Gallery

The chaotic organization in the work of artist George Iso reveals his training as an architect.

By: Meg Biram

I was immediately drawn to the bold blue in George Iso’s “Red Stone,” and was interested in the inspiration behind the work. The fact that he has a background in architecture suggests the impulsive lines could be representative of his past training.

What interests Iso is the exuberant throbbing of cities, channeled by the fluidity of his forms and color schemes. According to the artist's website: “The act of committing himself to the canvas by way of gestures, with no [preexisting] order, makes Iso’s abstractionism akin to the tradition of North American abstract expressionism. With no prior logical requirement, the canvas is the result of the artist’s immediate impulse as he directly faces the surface.”

“Red Stone” reminds me of a cozy library, with warm, rich leather, wood, stacks of classics, and the faint scent of a pipe. Curl up with a cup of coffee and bask in the feeling of being transported to another era.

Composite by Meg Biram.

Inspired items (clockwise from top left): Hudson round nesting tables from Crate & Barrel; kilim pillows from Sukan; Winston tripod pharmacy floor lamp from Interior HomeScapes; vintage Jijim rug at Jayson Home; vintage leather modern lounge chair and ottoman from Clayton Gray Home; To Kill a Mockingbird from Barnes & Noble; and Le Creuset mugs from Williams-Sonoma.

Meg Biram writes about interiors, art, and fashion on her blog, Mimi + Meg.