Surreal Abstract Bone Ring With Lines – Black and White

Black elephant bone collage divided by vertical white lines, on light background. Surreal abstract art in black and white by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Zero Black.

In considering where I stand on artwork variations, I had to consider the role of black and white in my lineup.

It briefly occurred to me that maybe black and white was merely an insipid reflection of a color image. However, if you look at any good black and white work, that notion is proven decidedly false (though it can be true if produced clumsily). Paradoxically the subtraction of color can add a compelling and exciting dimension.

So I conclude that black and whites aren’t just acceptable, but worth pursuing. Even if that means a corresponding black and white for every color version (color normally comes first).

That said, I’m leery of excessive minor variations that don’t add much. For that reason my black and whites are often significantly different tonally. In this case, dark bones over a light background, while the color version is the reverse.

The color counterpart is named Zero, and the Disconnect the Dots, Memorism, and Sentinelia series are based on the same underlying elephant skull photo.

Canvases & Giclee Prints

Archival-quality prints of this piece are available. Options include framed and unframed fine art paper and canvases.

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