Friday, 15 May 2009

Dan Witz - Night Paintings

Now Dan Witz is an artist (contemporary/street he comes under many classifications) who has intertesed me for long while now, ever since i visited an exhibition of his a few months back. Unfortunately i couldn't take any photos even so, they wouldn't have done his work any justice at all. Since the early Renaissance, painters in oil have known that light, entering a painting, traveling through a lens of transparent color glazes, gathers strength then bounces off the bright white ground making their canvasses seem to glow with its own reflected light. Witz combines this centuries old and largely forgotten technique with the latest state of the art digital technology and has truly mastered the ability to transcend time and place and made it his own.

You can see the use of this technique in the following link:

Another attribute of Witz' work which was aesthetically pleasing to me was the use of reflections on his "Night Paintings" series. It immedietley caught my attention when i viewed his work, literally pools of light compliment its reflective counterpart.

In the above painting, the deep red of the 'Liqour' sign is reflected on the wet floor of the street.
Here is a selection of work from the Night Painting series... Enjoy.

I particularly like the frame within frame on this piece, this coupled with the reflections creates such an immense totality.

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