Investigating the physical properties of still life objects and figure studies

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Archie Quick (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Peter Agostini

Abstract: In ay paintings I concern myself especially with the texture of the subjects as well as the interplay of light and dark upon their surfaces. By doing this I expect to render a more physical representation of my subjects, one which would create a feeling of substance. My choices of subject matter for my still life paintings are determined in relation to how well they work with one another. In my paintings, I have created a balanced harmony of line, space and color. For example in "Composition with Glass Vase," the vase is almost centered and is set off not only by its transparency, but by its warm coloration in relation to the composition’s overall cool tonality. This cool, warm relationship also serves to push the vase forward creating an artificial feeling of space. My palette is base solely on my subject matter, although, 1 do use large quantities of Titanium White to achieve, among other things, a clarity of form at the edges of ay subjects. I began my drawings with preliminary sketches in upper right hand corner of the paper; after I have developed a certain feel for the subject and medium I am working with, I am ready to begin the final drawing. The final drawing is characterize by a smooth flow of lines, and a clear definition of form.

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Language: English
Date: 1976

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