The following ten paintings in the “Wheel within a Wheel” series had as their basis a study of design from the vantage points of geometry, natural sciences and art history. The works written by Kimberly Elam, “Geometry of Design: Studies in Proportion and Composition” and by Matila Ghyka “The Geometry of Art and Life” covered important geometric design concepts.
The study of the links between geometry, historically established design and aesthetic principles (such as the golden mean) and their interrelationship with patterns that occur in nature (especially growth sequences) were key components of my thought process while making these artworks. “The Self-Made Tapestry: Pattern Formation in Nature” by Philip Ball was especially valuable and addressed these concepts from a scientist’s perspective.
Two historical art forms of personal interest and fascination, have been Illuminated manuscripts and Damascene design. I enjoyed seeing and learning about these art forms during my travels. Later, I found good complementary sources of information both from “The Art and Tradition of the Zuloagas: Spanish Damascene from the Khalili” written by James D. Lavin and “Codices Illustres” by Ingo F. Walther and Norbert Wolf.
With this background information on my thinking and creative process for this period, I would like to present the fourth group of ten artworks in the Wheel within a Wheel series. The mediums include pastel, watercolor, acrylic and oil.
Wheel within a Wheel 31, 12 in x 9 in, Pastel, 2004
Wheel within a Wheel 32, 20 in x 18 in, Pastel, 2004
Wheel within a Wheel 33, 36 in x 36 in, Acrylic, 2005
Wheel within a Wheel 34, Watercolor, 2005
Wheel within a Wheel 35, 12 in x 12 in, Acrylic/Charcoal, 2005
Wheel within a Wheel 36, 20 in x 18 in, Acrylic, 2005
Wheel within a Wheel 37, 24 in x 48 in, Oil, 2005
Wheel within a Wheel 38, 36 in x 36 in, Oil, 2005
Wheel within a Wheel 39, 30 in x 22 in, Watercolor, 2005
Wheel within a Wheel 40, 8 in x 5 in, Watercolor/Gouache, 2005