Artwork > Mandela Abstracts

These first 3 abstract paintings, in ink and oil on stretched canvas, were in celebration of Mandela's birthday in July 2013. I convey the joy of the occasion in crazy pinks and in the bold force of the gestural marks flung across the canvas. This is held, tamed and supported by the laborious lines that flow in and out of the pink areas in a ceaseless pattern. The patterns repetitive nature suggests certainty and reliability to me, a constant holding of the wildness that never overpowers or entirely subdues the haphazardness of the pinks.

Mandela's Birthday 1
Ink and oil on canvas
92x121cm
2013
Mandela's Birthday (2 and 3)
Ink and oil on canvas
61x76cm each
2013
Mandela's Birthday 2
Ink and oil on canvas
61x76cm
2013
Mandela's Birthday 3
Ink and oil on canvas
61x76cm
2013