Mark Grotjahn - Contemporary Artists

Untitled (Green Butterfly)

Untitled (Green Butterfly) The Saatchi Gallery
 

Mark Grotjahn

Untitled (Green Butterfly)

2002
oil on canvas

122 x 86.3 cm

Drawing influence from both modernist abstraction and pop culture, Mark Grotjahn’s paintings are intimate seductions, slipping between hard-edged design and emotive expression. Using perspective as a skewed logic, Grotjahn’s canvases often incorporate two vanishing points in close proximity; from a doubled ‘centre’ Untitled (Green Butterfly) radiates bands of golden hues, each creating a deception of space. Applied in thick impasto, their sleek forms dissolve into terrains of concentrated brushwork giving an effect of physical solidity. With each triangle drafted in a single opaque layer, the canvas’s texture and traces of under-painting create subtly shifting tones, flirting between the illusive and the concrete.
 
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