The figure in space

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Barbara Chestnutt Lane (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Andrew Martin

Abstract: This thesis evolved after two years of studying the figure and color-space relationship on the canvas. It is composed of paintings from the later half of 1976 to April of 1977. All of the paintings were done directly from the model. The amount of time I was able to work from the model in a particular position varied from six to ten hours; therefore, I do not consider these finished paintings. These paintings are studies of color relationships as revealed through the light on the surface of the form, and their respective spacial relationships. Only those colors observed in relationship to the figure were added to the canvas. Representing the true juxtaposition of the colors seen within the figure and the surrounding area is vital in establishing the relationship of these forms in space. The work for my thesis began in the summer of 1976, while working on clay figures to help me understand the movement within the figure. This is when I started using 'thumb strokes' in my paintings! tracing the movement within the form with each brush stroke as though my brush were moving over the surface of the figure, capturing the flow of movement from one shade into another. The term 'thumb stroke' is used due to the similarity of the brush with a sculptor's thumb following the movement of the form, rather than just placing the clay on the form. In the early pieces I left a lot of the canvas uncovered making each stroke more visible, but the consistency of the raw canvas caused a flatness throughout the painting. By eliminating the white canvas the figure acquired more solidity and the area surrounding the figure provided a more clearly defined space for it to occupy. In the paintings included in this thesis the colors are placed against each other excluding any raw canvas which might cause a separation between the forms, forcing the edges to deal with one another in a spacial situation. By setting up enough of the color surrounding the figure, the spacial situation is resolved.

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Language: English
Date: 1977

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