Mark Grotjahn - Contemporary Artists

Untitled (Black Butterfly Dioxide Purple MPG 05)

Untitled (Black Butterfly Dioxide Purple MPG 05) The Saatchi Gallery
 

Mark Grotjahn

Untitled (Black Butterfly Dioxide Purple MPG 05)

2005
Oil on Linen

147 x 122cm

Mark Grotjahn infuses the detached genre of minimalist painting with a sympathetic playfulness. Bringing to mind Frank Stella’s black paintings, Grotjahn’s Untitled (Black Butterfly Dioxide Purple MPG 05) subverts the stark precision of modernism with impulsive centrifugal composition and skewed geometry. The attraction of Grotjahn’s painting lies in its subtle imperfections: brush marks expand with estimated gesture, and hand drawn angles and lines suggest an amenable humility. Painted in bold 80s power colours and hallmarked with tie-dye MG logo, Grotjahn’s Untitled celebrates instinct over analytical purity.
 
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