UNTITLED NO 28
Acryl and Varnish on Canvas, 100 x 100 CM, 2016
With its riot of ultramarine hues, “UNTITLED NO 28”, a composition using acrylics and varnish, presents viewers with an intense colour experience. This abstract painted on canvas almost exclusively employs variants of this sky-like shade. In fact, the elegance and inimitable depth of this blue is so impressive many regard it as their favourite colour. Because of its cult status, ultramarine – a lightfast colour whose name means “beyond the sea” – has for the most of our history been reserved for the exclusive use of kings. In this canvas, this newly trending colour is covered by flowing white areas, which are strongly concentrated in some places. And here, this lighter tone appears as shapes reminiscent of human teardrops, while elsewhere the surfaces take on a milky cloudiness. The colour scheme is completed with shallow shades of light-green and olive green, which are almost entirely submerged. However, the real focus of the painting is surely a circular shape to the left of centre, which somewhat resembles an atoll – a ring-shaped coral reef that encloses a lagoon. Yet on the other hand, the circle is a universal symbol for unity which can also represent the absolute, so from a purely interpretative point of view, it would also be possible to adopt a completely different approach. The design and colour intensity of this untitled acrylic allows the viewer considerable freedom of interpretation. The intense blue invites one to dream, and perhaps promotes the stunning natural beauty of the French Polynesian paradise islands. And as a crafted fabric, the blue colour variants create a feeling of distance which can arouse wanderlust and nostalgia.