More than the sum of its parts
This new contemporary black and white art work is an original painting created with just four colours – cream, white, black and gold.
On the outset it’s just a couple of circles for sure but let me explain why this painting is so much more than that. It is also one of the most extreme studies of light an dark I have ever created and says so much more about what isn’t there as much as offering a narrative on what is.
It’s a shape that is complete. A form that has no beginning or end and therefore is endless. It is a repeating shape and one that revisits all of its points infinitely. It is regular, linear and as perfect a natural shape as you can get.
I love the eternal mature of circles and the fact that they never end. They feature a lot in my work as it happens.
The two rings
So in order to make something as simple as a circle as compelling and engaging as possible I did two things. I created an inner ring of gold and then chose to surround that with a series of dancing movements that are both spontaneous and chaotic as well as composed and regulated.
The outer circle is very much a contradiction of itself. A parody of two extremes if you will. It also represents the noise that so often envelopes the inner peace we all look for from time to time. It’s the business of things, the hustle and bustle and the frenzy that our worlds have become.
It’s therefore the space in the centre that becomes the most dramatic. Its void of emptiness is as deafening as it is silent. And there we have our two extremes of light and dark once more.
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