Saturday, January 3, 2015

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day 3

"Subdivisions", 12x16", Oil on board, ©VP Miller

A young girl reaches on her tiptoes to touch a green heart painted in the middle of a graffiti-ed wall. Nations, countries, states, neighborhoods and other boundaries are represented by the heavily outlined shapes on the street wall. All colors, sizes and shapes are interlocked forming a rich pattern until about mid-wall. Underneath the graffiti the facade shows, with a few lettered handles signifying something, maybe fame, to the artists.  Will it remain, or be painted over?

The wall is painted more tightly and realistically than the girl. Her stance is indicated with thick brush strokes, her hair a wild riot of color. She is anchored to the wall by shadow, which melts into the dirty facade. It is a rich visual language, playing symbolism against literalism.

Or it's simply a painting about choosing love.

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