Surreal Abstract Elephant Bones With Lines – Gray

Elephant bone collage divided by vertical white lines. Surreal abstract art in black and white by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Gray Memorism.

Initially for this variation I tried a dark background contrasted with much lighter bones. It was immediately clear it wasn’t going to work.

That’s curious, though—there’s an intangible property of a composition that dictates whether light on dark or vice versa will be aesthetically pleasing. Sometimes both are great, but it’s more common for one tonal scheme to be superior (then throw in color, and everything changes again).

At least at this point (after quite a few years doing this), I can’t tell ahead of time what it will be. Thus the primacy of experimenting, I don’t think there’s a way around it, at least for me.

There are three other versions of this image:

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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