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Parhelion

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  • MetastasisRecrudescence artwork by  Parhelion - art listed for sale on Artplode

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Matter and energy spring forth, spread, crystallise... metastasise. After an age, life leaps anew from the dead, frozen, long-forgotten icy core--elements restlessly circling, coming together and coalescing, seeking final form and organisation.... I began this painting back in March 2008 c.e., & I considered it my one real failure from the very first fling of the paint on the canvas. I knew the painting was off from the moment the paint left the brush, & every stroke thereafter just seemed to make it worse until at last I stopped, duly signed & titled it--I hated it, but it was a work of art & a work of art MUST be signed--& put it away under a sheet, never to pull it out to view again (I have photos. of it at that stage!). I'd been toying with the title "Recrudescence" whilst approaching & executing the work, but that seemed not to be the message coming through for me at all. Once I stopped & saw what had resulted, I titled it "Metastasis" to reflect the frozen state of action that had appeared only to stop & lead nowhere. Recently (this past May), having no other canvas to work with, I pulled it out again, the idea being to finally bring it to life under the original title (which makes absolute sense when you look up the meaning of the word "recrudescence"!). Once again, though, as soon as I started working on it again with that title in mind the painting seemed not to come together. The colours, especially, seemed inappropriate & I kept thinking it should be more sombre (maybe because both elements of the compound title can refer to certain cancers, which is why I used the whitish-grey colours for the original piece in the first place). Anyway, I was getting annoyed & feeling frustrated with the thing but vowed to keep working at it & eventually--after nearly 2 months of this--when the additional elements I painted finally reached a high enough level of complexity, they were clearly speaking the original title to me. "Recrudescence" is the recurrence of a disease or its symptoms after a period of improvement--or, as I see it, a period of activity after a long period of quiescence--& that is a way (an ironic one, at least) of looking at the process of creation of this painting. Keywords: Sam Francis, abstract expressionism, Caribbean, action painting, Jackson Pollock, West Indies

Parhelion

MetastasisRecrudescence

  • 2014
  • 48 x 60 inches
  • Fine Art Category: paintings
  • Medium: Acrylic
  • Origin: Barbados
  • Certificate of Authenticity: yes
  • Provenance: I am the artist who created this work & it is on my premises on Barbados. I can supply a Certificate of Authenticity upon shipping, if required.
  • Signed: Signed lower left
  • Comments:

    The painting's title is actually "Metastasis/Recrudescence"; a quirk of formatting prevents it from appearing as such in the title field. I am the artist & I can ship world-wide from Barbados, with a Certificate of Authenticity if required. Please contact me for shipping details.

    "Metastasis/Recrudescence" was exhibited along with "Zeus-Ammon" as the featured paintings at the Multi-National Fair on Barbados in 2015 e.v.

    I am happy to note that my acrylic paintings are for sale on Artplode online art gallery website where collectors can buy direct from the artist and buyers and sellers pay no commission.

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  • Price: $20,000.00 USD
  • Seller: Parhelion, Barbados

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  • Artplode ID: 547
  • Artplode Seller ID: 94

About Artwork:

Matter and energy spring forth, spread, crystallise... metastasise. After an age, life leaps anew from the dead, frozen, long-forgotten icy core--elements restlessly circling, coming together and coalescing, seeking final form and organisation.... I began this painting back in March 2008 c.e., & I considered it my one real failure from the very first fling of the paint on the canvas. I knew the painting was off from the moment the paint left the brush, & every stroke thereafter just seemed to make it worse until at last I stopped, duly signed & titled it--I hated it, but it was a work of art & a work of art MUST be signed--& put it away under a sheet, never to pull it out to view again (I have photos. of it at that stage!). I'd been toying with the title "Recrudescence" whilst approaching & executing the work, but that seemed not to be the message coming through for me at all. Once I stopped & saw what had resulted, I titled it "Metastasis" to reflect the frozen state of action that had appeared only to stop & lead nowhere. Recently (this past May), having no other canvas to work with, I pulled it out again, the idea being to finally bring it to life under the original title (which makes absolute sense when you look up the meaning of the word "recrudescence"!). Once again, though, as soon as I started working on it again with that title in mind the painting seemed not to come together. The colours, especially, seemed inappropriate & I kept thinking it should be more sombre (maybe because both elements of the compound title can refer to certain cancers, which is why I used the whitish-grey colours for the original piece in the first place). Anyway, I was getting annoyed & feeling frustrated with the thing but vowed to keep working at it & eventually--after nearly 2 months of this--when the additional elements I painted finally reached a high enough level of complexity, they were clearly speaking the original title to me. "Recrudescence" is the recurrence of a disease or its symptoms after a period of improvement--or, as I see it, a period of activity after a long period of quiescence--& that is a way (an ironic one, at least) of looking at the process of creation of this painting. Keywords: Sam Francis, abstract expressionism, Caribbean, action painting, Jackson Pollock, West Indies







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