Surreal Abstract Elephant Bone With Rectangles – Black and White

Elephant bone with black rectangles. Surreal abstract art in black and white by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Sentinelia in Black, with black being a reference to the black-and-whiteness of the image. Sentinelia is a hybrid of two terms: Saturnalia and sentinel. Saturnalia for mere prosody, but sentinel because the bone with the rectangles struck me as kind of guard-like.

This is the third major compositional overhaul of this image. In one of the variations, Sentinelia in Absinthe, I mentioned the difficulties of getting this composition to work, but that was just the icing on what was quite a difficult cake overall (to make the metaphor weird).

Completing artwork is one of my favorite experiences, but finding a resolution with the layout you see here was even more rewarding than normal because it was such a struggle.

This black and white take is the last of three. The original has black rectangles on a blue background, and is called Sentinelia. The second, mentioned above, is called Sentinelia in Absinthe, and has red rectangles and a green background.

Canvases and Giclée Prints

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

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