Red White & Black

36.00"W x 18.00"H x 1.5"D

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Andrew Keola


Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: modern, abstract, abstract, red, black, white

Media: acrylic

Size: 36"W x 18"H x 1.5"D

Year Created: 2018

Ready to Hang


The challenge for this image was to make an interesting composition limiting the palette to black and white with one color. I've always liked the look of red with white so it was a natural choice. I wanted to experiment with letting the paint run wet from different angles which ended up giving the painting a dirty, stained look. Although there is an obvious focal point, there are multiple direction for the eye to wander.

Design Strategy:

With this composition I wanted to create direction and depth. Other than the concentration of color there wasn't much of a strategy to this one. I just blended where I felt it needed it. Letting go while I paint tends to create patterns with little room for negative space so I did have to consciously stop before running the risk of over-painting.

Working Process:

On a blank white canvas I started with a light black wash occasionally blending in white paint which gave it somewhat of a grey background. I then filled in full black while spraying the paint with water to let it run--first from the top, then on the sides. I then followed up with red and white concentrating all the red on one side.

I am a self-representing artist in Southern Colorado and have been involved in graphic and digital art for 20 years. For the past few years I have been focusing on fine art and painting (especially abstracts and landscapes). My upcoming works will include purely abstract pieces as well as abstract infused landscapes and cityscapes. When an image comes to my mind I have to create it or it will become an obsession. Painting and creating art is very liberating. It is perhaps one of the most natural forms of expression that I use to share my own unique perspective.

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