Joseph Nathan Cohen

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

Color Field

Generating images in the style of Color Field.

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 Color Field 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): Colorfield artwork is readily identified by large fields of flat, solid color spread across or stained into the canvas, creating areas of unbroken surface and a flat picture plane. The movement highlights consistency of form and process over gesture and action. To create art in this style, choose an abstract or geometric shape and fill it with a solid, vibrant color. Repeat this with different shapes and colors, ensuring they span the entire canvas. In color field painting, color becomes the subject in itself.

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.