These artists explore the boundaries between realism and abstraction. Their works reference the great masters of action painting (de Kooning, Pollock), mixed media (Rauschenberg, Bearden), pop (Warhol), color field (Frankenthaler), and painterly portraiture (Freud, Bacon), while synthesizing their own visual language.
I admire their virtuosity and refusal to settle on a formulaic, marketable style. Rather, these artists continue to experiment with technique, materials, and content.
Electronic media also exerts a huge influence among contemporary painters but perhaps that's a subject for another post. I might title it "Glitch os Good" or something like that :)