Surreal Abstract Frog Skull Rose – Black and White

Frog skull with geometric shapes forming a rose. Surreal abstract art in black and white by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Gray Rose.

It’s a black and white version of Rose, created about half a year after the original, when I noticed it was a good candidate for black and white.

It was interesting examining this composition again. Half a year isn’t an especially long time, but enough to see a change in my artistic choices. It’s subtle though, maybe not obvious from outside.

The main thing is the complexity of the shapes—even though you couldn’t say this is cluttered or busy, if anything I’m now even more minimalistic. More straight lines and elemental geography. My instinct is to strip everything back as much as possible, while still keeping enough to be arresting and arouse curiosity.

The creative process is whimsical, though. Perhaps in another year my line work will rival the most complex circuit board (circuit boards being a source of inspiration for me, incidentally. I love how they look).

This is the same frog skull as in Chalice and Black Chalice, albeit at a different angle.

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

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