Artwork of the month: Montauk Highway by Willem de Kooning

I’ve chosen this 1958 painting, “Montauk Highway”, by the great abstract expressionist artist Willem de Kooning as artwork of the month. My memory of it has inspired my abstract painting all my adult life. It’s such a powerful statement and has rich vibrant colour, something that many of de Koonings works possessed. He had an interest in billboards, highways, and images of the “American dream”, and this one is a highway reference. To me, I can just imagine rushing down that highway at great speed when I view this picture. It has an exuberance and energy that dives into life.


Montauk Highway 1958 Willem de Kooning Oil on canvas 59x48in