Dutch Grey

Dutch Grey

each painting: untitled Ottawa Study in Grey, 2013
acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
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A study that is keyed on the richness of meaning and beauty inherent in the colour grey. Studies of the world. Paintings, drawings, photographs, reading and writing.

One of the references in my research work is a 1985 sculpture created by Juan Geuer that is titled “Dutch Grey.” Geuer was a Dutch-Canadian artist and scientist who in this particular sculpture explores the notion of the colour grey that contains all colours. His sculpture is a plexiglas ovoid dome that sits on a glass plate and through polarizing effects of the light, ordinary grey light shimmers with its component colours. Dutch Grey also refers to the reputed grey of the Dutch atmosphere, and the Hague School of painting, where artists searched for a shade of grey “pregnant with colours.”

In addition to the beauty of the many shades of the colour grey, I am interested in the concept of grey as a value or symbol. More than a description of colour, grey is a concept alluding to such things as weather, or age and wisdom, or silver and platinum richness, or an ethical middle area between right and wrong.