Distant Vacation is a layered, deeply dramatic abstract painting that will invigorate viewers of both traditional and modern art forms. This painting features a very limited color palette of blues, white and black, as well as a fairly limited selection of lines, sticking mostly to the shape of the circle. This limited design pattern, however, lends Distant Vacation greater focus and intensity. Dancing across a mostly flat, matte background of shades of blue, four circles are scattered. These circles repeat themselves almost endlessly, swirling towards a center, like water moving down a drainpipe. The way these circles are applied to the canvas creates depth and a sensation of movement. The eye of the viewer is drawn to the eye of each separate shape and explores it for it’s outer edges to its very center, creating a very intimate and satisfying experience.
These shapes are mostly portrayed in white, but with shades of black enhancing them as certain curves. Another interesting element of this piece is it’s very clear focal point. In the center panel there is a huge, glowing point of light that seems almost like a fuzzy nearby star. This detail creates a very strong centerpiece for the painting and a starting point for which to explore Distant Vacation further. In addition to the compositional enhancement it provides, it is also an interesting conversation point- why is this element worked into an otherwise straightforward abstract painting? This question could provide hours of conversation!
Enhancing all of the stylistic elements above is the layout of Distant Vacation. The artist of this original piece has chosen to portray the subject across a network of three separate canvases. These canvases, when hung side by side, complete the shapes and overall landscape of this painting. This interesting design choice leads to interesting comparisons between the roundness of the subjects, and the very straight empty space between these shapes. This is a very interesting and dynamic foil that sparks further interest in this thought provoking canvas piece. In addition, this design allows for many possibilities when hanging the piece, each piece can be spread out, or they may be hung very close to one another depending on your particular tastes and room restrictions. If you would like to explore more paintings similar to this one, try browsing our Modern Canvas gallery. If you are looking for a painting similar to Distant Vacation, yet with less minimalist tendencies, you may want to take a moment to view Absent Links, an original painting that shares the palette of this painting, yet incorporates more lines and shapes.