Eggs, painted eggs, painted heads, figures

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

Abstract: These drawings and paintings all have at least one thing in common that they were all observed as objectively as possible. They all attempt to be visually real. There is no conscious attempt to deal with the anecdotal qualities of the objects but merely to draw and paint the situation seen. The conscious concerns here involve the visual problems of understanding space, form, light, and color. Although the spatial relationships that exist in the drawings and paintings are as consciously achieved as possible, the placement of the object in its still-life situation is largely intuitive: thus some subjective judgements are made. The unpainted eggs are seen as elemental and simple forms. The painted eggs share these same qualities but they have another dimension; a result of the addition of glossy, bright color to their surfaces. They are charged with a level of importance equal to that of an Easter egg found in the grass by a child. This idea of the addition of color to the surface of an object to enhance its presence seems applicable to the painted heads also. The head of the jockey is taken from a lawn statuette which is an artifact of popular imagery. This idea of the popular image also seems to be present, at least to a small extent, in the painted eggs. Yet placed in a neutral setting (surrounded by white and lighted in a manner that emphasizes their form, color and simple yet direct spatial relationships), these objects are seen on a higher level. Their iconographic significance is seen through a more intensely studied visual reality.

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Language: English
Date: 1975

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