- Vincent Van Gogh.
The artwork series Calcada Portuguesa - meant Portuguese pavement when translated directly. Ryan Rodrigues used thirty-five leathery black squares on the white collage to create a checked pattern. Untitled can allude to the birds-eye view of the Terrazzo in Italy, where an identical, black and white checked floor paved the promenade. Untitled also mimicked the mosaic, black and white stones of basalt, and limestones used in traditional Portugal pavements. While the square shapes of the cobbles in Portuguese pavements were flawed and rough, the squares in Untitled were perfect and regular, thus evoked a sense of flatness and artificiality. Some iconic pavement sites located in Portugal are the wavy patterns in Rossio Square and the Art Nouveau plant-inspired motif pattern in Avenida da Liberdade.
Ryan Rodrigues used lines to create clarity in the artwork. A solid gold background glows brightly behind the overly simplified cyclamen flowers at the center. Thin, precise, organic black lines stem from the bottom of the canvas, leading to big chunks of flowers, leaves, and butterflies reduced to simple, clean, organic shapes such as petals, butterfly wings, and heart-shaped leaves. In Knot (pink) by Brent Hallard in 2015 and Cyclamen flower, both artworks used colors to build implied texture. Cyclamen flowers use bold, black pigment on parts of the petals to juxtapose against the gold background. These contrasting colors were then balanced with shades of pink, appearing in petals, leaves, and parts of a butterfly to evoke a sense of harmony and femininity in the painting. Similarly, in Knot (pink), the soft, warm colors balance against the bright red and sharp yellow on the remaining half of the artwork.
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On the left-hand side painting, Ryan Rodrigues used repetition to create the illusion on his canvas. Flights of stairs in shades of black, grey, and light grey seemingly ascended diagonally upwards in a zig-zag pattern. A wall of botanical sketch patterns filled with numerous stems stretched outwards in spiral shapes. These spiral vines resembled the ‘whiplash’ curves seen in Art Nouveau style in Poster advertising Job cigarette paper by Alphonse Mucha in 1898. In the middle painting, Rodrigues used aerial perspective to create the illusion of depth and realism in his artwork. Overlapping frames resembling doorways diminished in scale as they moved toward the vanishing point at the center. Continuous, violet doorways seemed to form a tunnel-like structure connected to white space or light source. On the right-hand side painting, Rodrigues used overlapping shapes to create depth in the artwork. A parallelogram opening portrayed a greyish sky and sparkling blue sea outside the pink-colored wall. A flower mandala depicted in thin black lines hung mysteriously on the ash-colored sky. Ambiguous and angular objects from the artwork series The Journey seemingly invoke curiosity and wonder from the audience. Perhaps the art style of these overly simplified, flat shapes can be most related to the pop art A bigger Splash by David Hockney in 1967.
Rodrigues used silhouettes to provide the context in the painting. A Tennis Player portrayed a person formed by organic shapes that faced sideways in the canvas. A glittering tennis ball painted in round brushstrokes was on his head to create vibrancy and texture. Against the pitch-black background, the 'tennis player' seems to be embarking on a journey to achieve his goal. Swirly thick brushstrokes encapsulate the person to create movement and rhythm in the artwork. Perhaps he is waiting for a duel with the next competitor to become better at tennis. Will the 'tennis player' become the best player in tennis? Possibly that is only for the audience to decide.
All flowers grow with love. Rodrigues used contrast to attract attention from the audience. Rodrigues painted the solid black and white silhouettes of flowers in a flat paintbrush to create clean and clear lines of the sunflowers, lavenders, and cherry blossoms. These monochromatic colors were then juxtaposed with the organic wood glue together in the background to imbue a harmonious and earthy tone. Despite their differences in appearance and size, the flowers grow together when cared for and loved by nature.
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