Thursday, October 22, 2009
Back to School
This is a 12" X 12" mixed media painting I did as a study of the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser's End of Night. I thought it fit well with Theme Thursday's Faces challenge. It's not a very good photograph because I had to shoot it hanging in my study in fluorescent light.
Hundertwasser was a Viennese artist who developed an abstract, vibrantly colourful style distinguished by ornamental spirals, labyrinths, and circles. He can be considered a "colorist" painter, since color is a dominant element of all his work. He used very saturated colors and employed egg tempera, adding metallic dust; cloth or paper fragments; earth, ground glass or pottery; and finished his pieces with a thin glaze of oil. Because of his primitive use of color and line, his paintings remind me very much of Teesha Moore's art. Hundertwasser believed that within each person is a collection of memories, sensations, images, dreams and wishes, which he called an "Individualfilm." He believed that the role of art is to bring this material to a conscious level.
You can find more of his work here. I'm sure you will immediately see why I was so intrigued by his work.