Surreal Abstract Seashell With Rectangles – Black and White

Seashell collage with rectangular shapes. Surreal abstract art in black and white by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Fugue Mechanics in Black. It’s the companion to Fugue Mechanics, which is vivid red and blue.

This is a simple, minimal composition, thus you’d think quickly conceived and completed. Interestingly, I find getting even a small number of elements to work harmoniously is incredibly time consuming. The fewer compositional elements there are, the more focus each has, making it important to get them right. In and of themselves, but also as a cohesive whole.

Making the shell in the middle and the geometric shapes look right was one thing, but balancing the shift from light to dark around the outside was unexpectedly difficult. Too harsh or sudden a transition and the balance was ruined. I had to keep revising this particular aspect for days before it was right.

The seashell photo used as a base here is also in Rosa.

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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