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Stephen Brophy
Red Convergence (Modern, Abstract Geometric Red & Black Painting in Black Frame

1994

$3,800

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acrylic painting on canvas 40 x 30 inches in thin black painted wood frame This boldly painted red and black abstract painting was completed by self-taught artist, Stephen Brophy, in 1994. After concentrating largely on landscapes and figurative work the artist began to shift his focus to abstract painting. This black and red abstract painting is an example of the artist's transition into abstraction, reducing representative form to simple rectangular shapes in bold, graphic colors. The artist playfully disrupts the hard edge characteristics best known in geometric abstraction by fading or hazing out the edges of the black rectangular shapes, creating interesting depth and perspective. The sides of the canvas reveal colorful under layers of paint, primarily in day-glo pink, blue and green. This contemporary painting can be hung horizontally or vertically and is complimented with a thin wood black painted frame, measuring 40 x 30 inches. The painting is very lightweight and is easy to hang in any space. About the work: By the late 1980s, Stephen Brophy was shifting away from the vivid, intensely colored paintings of houses, barns and landscapes that consumed the prior twenty years of a forty-year career as a self-taught artist. In the five years of painting represented in this show, viewers can see this transition, as he became increasingly consumed by the possibilities of abstraction. His paintings moved in two directions at once. One, a more gestural form of abstraction, is seen in the robust black-and-white and black-and-red paintings. The other, a cooler, more reductivist geometry, sometimes references the structures of his earlier work, as in Barn. He would go on to paint many more, less referential works: big striped canvases, compositions with bars or bird-like forms floating over pyramids, or arcs of pure color. In all these works, Brophy shows his natural gifts as an abstract artist--one who was particularly courageous in his use of color and ambitious in a restless search for meaning and possibility in his life, as well as in his art.

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