Sunday, 9 June 2013

Harry Carmean and Baroque art

Harry Carmean is one of the few artists that understands and can practice the concepts seen in Baroque art. One key idea of Baroque art seen in Carmean's art is the getting the viewer's eye to move across a painting by using rhythms and counter rhythms. The rhythms flow from one figure to another and then are integrated throughout the landscape. Also, Carmean does something few people know about called "arabesquing", also seen in Baroque art. Arabesquing involves the placing of forms in front of and in back of other form (so as to interlock) which serves to visually unify a painting on a subliminal level.  While it sounds simple enough, these ideas take years of study to master. Some of Carmean’s favorite Baroque artists were Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Tiepolo, Velasquez, Rembrandt and Rubens. In the examples shown one can feel the excitement and power that can only come from the application of sophisticated concepts used by European masters of the 1600's and 1700's. Carmean's understanding of the Baroque period of art is the most comprehensive of any living artist today.


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