Nebulous State of Being

From the "Circles of Time' series. These works are an investigation, expressed through abstract painting, of elements regarding time and space, both tangible and intangible. I choose to begin on a circular-shaped structure which creates a visual container that refers to the endless nature of the circle as a metaphor of time and space. The outlying edges of these circular paintings consist of hundreds, if not thousands of rapidly applied, highly chromatic brushstrokes, tightly compressed within multiple hard- edge boundaries. The visual effect of my signature brushwork has been compared to Gothic stained glass and Byzantine mosaics. Within the center of these circular objects lie wide-open spaces, alluring portals of soft fields of color appearing to float somewhere behind the polychromed circular rings of the canvas perimeters. Within these color fields, one can get lost in ambient sensations and visual ambiguity of light, color, and space. Contemplating the references and underlying message of these circular paintings, or simply meditating upon the object itself, is of course the prerogative of the viewer, whether approaching them directly as colors and textures on a circular object, or metaphors of the physical and metaphysical state in which we exist.

Artwork Size & Ink Base:

48x48 inches, acrylic on circular shaped canvas

Artwork Style

  • Abstract
  • Minimalism

Full Artwork Size

  • Up to 1m50

Painting Technique

  • Acrylic

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Jack Reilly

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