‘black images (color studies)’ by olaf breuning
swiss artist olaf breuning is well known for his eclectic range of artwork – with the ‘color studies’ body art the beginning of a long-term investigation. with the human form as a canvas, the work began with an inquiry into four colors – blue, red, yellow and green – against a stark black background, an outcome of an experiment to see how the hues would react against a dark or white backdrop. this resulted in a striking series of vividly bold pieces, evocative of work by pollock or jasper johns. the opus evolved to his ‘marylin’ series, where breuning loosely clones the iconic features of the classic starlet marylin monroe – again using bright, prominent painted features against an inky canvas. straying from the four-color-scheme but maintaining the same salient approach, breuning manages to harness his chosen medium as the silver-tongued language for his artwork. the collection acutely encompasses breuning’s interrogation of color – generating refreshing pieces infused with abstract wit and personality.
with the human form as a canvas, the artist originally focused on four colors – blue, red, yellow and green
the work was an outcome of experimenting to see how the colors would react against a dark or white backdrop
the pieces are reminiscent of pollock or jasper johns
the collection evolved to the ‘marylin’ series – the collection characterized by the starlet’s iconic features
breuning manages to harness his chosen medium as the silver-tongued language for his artwork
the work references warholian pop art