This original piece of red modern art is a very considered and beautifully executed piece. Its minimal approach has resulted in some very striking effects.
Sometimes you can make your point without having to shout. Often it’s the quietest of whispers that create the most impact.
So with Flowtation I decided to let the colours do the talking. Most noticeable at first glance is the deep telephone-box red that dominates the majority of the canvas. And it was also the first painting I did after completing the filming for a recent BBC TV art series. I think doing that helped me calm down a bit and let things flow a bit more freely.
However, on closer inspection this colour isn’t the only star – subtly blended inclusions of pink and charcoal grey also lend a hand to create a feeling of drama and of motion.
By placing these blended colours into the corners I am able to concentrate and focus the red colour into the centre where the main part of the loops structure is formed. This helps create some dimensional depth to the painting as is a neat trick to learn.
I have often used red and black as a combination in some of may large format artworks and I think of these two colours as in my top three to work with. Inevitably then things go pretty well when I use them together and this is no exception.
I may call it red modern art but in fact, to omit the importance of black in a description may be doing it a disservice! Anyway, you get the picture (no pun intended…)
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