Prime Marks Painting by Paul Ashwell

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Art Description

Painting: Acrylic, Paper, Wax, Plaster on Canvas, Paper.

Created in 2010, 72 15x15 cm individual paintings each representing one number from 1 to 72 combine to form my Prime Marks artwork.

Arranged in left to right rows, each painting increases in value by 1 (i.e 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, then 9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16 and so on).

A prime number is represented by a single unique icon. The non-prime numbers are represented by a combination of these prime icons to display their factors. For example: the primes 2 and 3 are represented by a yellow chevron and a red triangle respectively, and non-prime 6 is represented by a yellow chevron and a red triangle showing it is formed by prime factors 2 and 3 (2x3=6).

Following the same logic, the individual canvases can be arranged in many different rectangular grid permutations, and each time they will show a new pattern of icons.

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Prime Marks

Paul Ashwell

United Kingdom


Size: 59.1 W x 52.8 H x 1.6 in

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