ah, to be drawn back to colour...

Ralph Humphrey's paintings caught my eye, as modern representation of Colour Field Paintings. They are not flat, but have texture and hue variation. In the above orange painting you keep looking for the colour behind the colour, the eye keeps moving through the composition as if through the clouds in the sky.  It is also difficult to see in this representation, but in John Yau's article on Humphrey's work, A Little-Known Chapter of Raph Humphrey's Career, he says that the texture is also an important element which gives an extra layer to the visual experience. It is dynamic to create such pictures, to realise all of these contrasting elements in a single painting, to consider hue, texture, and it allows the viewer to lose themselves in the variety of the painting.


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