Saturday, July 10, 2010

Vic Atkinson: Mona Loa Lily

Vic Atkinson, a friend and work associate of the late Bill Mason, presents for the blog a kind of painting that is the antithesis of painting in the previous blog entry. This work by Vic demonstrates his mastery of colour.

The work is a striking for its simplicity, and power of colour. The lack of leaves and extraneous foliage around the flower, pushes its prominence forward. Not just that but the foremost lily announces its presence with its glorious presentation of colours - in the middle of the canvas.

The delightful play of light, with the soft edgings around the work, frame the deep orange reds. Not just that, but the contrast with the dark backgound with its complimentary greens make the lily all the more dramatic. There's the word I'm searching for.....dramatic. There is synergy in this work. The background has short quick brushstrokes which give the suggestion that it was painted with a sense of passion.

I am also drawn to the wispy pale blue that drifts around the work and surrounds it like an aura.

An excellent painting which dramatically captures the vivid power of the subject.

1 comment:

  1. Another lovely piece, Win. I think those of us who don't live in Canada expect Canadian art to be gray-tinged and cold; this really puts the lie to that.


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