Breathe Painting by David Holcomb

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The artwork framed on the worktable, with paint and brushes nearby to indicate scale.
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Art Description

Painting: Acrylic on Wood.

"Breathe", 2015 - acrylic on fiberboard, 16 x 16 inches (40 x 40 cm).

A figure teeters against a blue sky, standing at a precarious angle, in an awkward and uncomfortable pose. The person in the image could be a child, or a small man, or a woman -- even the gender is unclear. The pose appears restrictive and uncomfortable, but the discomfort is self-imposed, part of an interaction taking place between the figure in the image and the spectator, while the wide-open sky defies any suggestion of enclosure or restraint.

The painting relies on only two colors, Payne's Gray and Titanium White -- again demonstrating a sense of restriction -- while the invisible horizon and the skewed viewpoint contribute both a sense of unresolved conflict and of free movement in space, the impression of freedom reinforced by the loose, flexible brushwork and visible traces of a rough charcoal preliminary sketch.

This picture owes a nod of thanks to Italian photographer Tina Modotti (1896-1942) who also explored the expressive potential of the image of the human hand.

This picture is ready to hang; signed and dated both front and back, with the title on the back.


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Breathe

David Holcomb

United States

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Size: 16 W x 16 H x 0.3 in

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