Joseph Nathan Cohen

Department of Sociology, CUNY Queens College, New York, NY

Action Painting

Generating images in the style of action painting.

This post is an installment in the Generative AI Art Style series, a practical knowledge project designed to help content creators fine-tune the aesthetics of their generated images by references to and descriptions of popular art styles.  Click here to read more on the project.

This page depicts the results of mentioning Action Painting art in your prompt. Click here to learn about this project

Click here for this visual art style’s Wikipedia page

Generated Thick Descriptor (via Chat-GPT 4):

Action painting, also known as “gestural abstraction”, is characterized by spontaneous dripping, splashing or smearing of paint onto the canvas. The style emphasizes the physical act of painting itself rather than the precision of application, often resulting in a raw, emotional aesthetic. To recreate this style, adopt an improvisational approach: spontaneously apply paint and let your actions and emotions guide the final outcome.

The table below depicts New York City’s Times Square and Northern Ontario’s Lake Kenogamissi. The left column shows the results of a “thin” prompt, in which the style was requested in name only. The right column shows the results of a “thick” prompt, in which the generated prompt was used.

Times Square

These images show what Generative AI renders when one requests that an image be rendered in well-known art styles. This series does not purport to describe major art styles as understood in the art scholarship community. If you have expertise in art and want to explain why these images do or do not capture the essence of these fields, then please do so in the comments section below.