The Knight Errant

24.00"W x 18.00"H x 0.1"D

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Conan O'Zhao

Smyrna, GA

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: movement, dynamic composition, blue and yellow, blue, yellow, grassland, historical

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 24"W x 18"H x 0.1"D

Year Created: 2016

The idea of this painting comes from my 2014 travels to Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The sea of giants that are the windmills are reminiscent of the delusional opponents in Don Quixote's mind. I gave the two literary characters a ghostly appearance to create a juxtaposition between the very real windmills in 2014 and the remnants of historical literature. During the painting process, particular attention was paid to creating a composition where geometry directs natural visual movement, as evidenced by an upside down triangle in the middle of the painting.

I'm a Californian currently living in Atlanta. In the years of 2011 and 2012 I have the opportunity of spending an unforgettable year in the South of France in the city of Aix-en-Provence where I studied art history for the first time, and learned to look at art works and look at nature through a more mature and inquisitive lens. It was then when I learnt of what the pioneering artists were trying to achieve, and I try to pursue not their subject matters, nor their styles, but their principle. I see painting as a never ending process of self discovery, and a discovery of the relationship of myself and the world.

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