"In the face of war"

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Ifluenced by the war in a balance of hope and fear. Or it's an attempt to capture a feeling freedom. Or maybe it's just an exciting clash of color and movement...you decide.

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John Crowther
John Crowther Critic

April 03, 2022

Robert Petrick’s "In the face of war" is a virtuoso painting that employs abstraction to face, deal with, and emotionally capture the anxieties we all face about the threat of widespread and terrifying war. If any of you readers are remotely like me, then you too will have spent the last month with a dark cloud of agitation over your head about the possibility of genuinely horrifying and all-encompassing war. To capture these feelings in beautiful and kaleidoscopic washes of acrylic is quite a feat and indicative of Petrick’s skill as a painter. What might appear so incongruous about the color allure of the painting is how can beauty be employed to discuss such a dire subject matter? However, how miserable would it be if he didn’t? I don’t want to talk to people who are decided against the possibility of a bright and better future. "In the face of war" is about hope more than fear, and I love and appreciate that.

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Robert Petrick
Robert Petrick Creator

April 04, 2022

Thank you, John for your review. I had a hard time understanding this piece myself. You explained it better than I ever could, and I really appreciate it.

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John Crowther
John Crowther Critic

April 21, 2022

It's such a thought-provoking work and a testament to abstraction's ability to extend far beyond painterly experimentation!

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Judith Skillman

April 04, 2022

Yes, I love John's review of your piece. It seems the opposite of the dark cloud and yet, for me at least, the river of blood running diagonally symbolizes war. The purple smear is like ultra-violet light--the highest frequency--and vibrates as if agitated beyond its boundaries...

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John Crowther
John Crowther Critic

April 21, 2022

Wow! I might need to start running my critiques past you Judith! so well put!

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Robert Petrick
Creator
Category
Abstract, Conceptual
Type
Painting - Unframed
Materials
Acrylic, Canvas
Dimensions
18.00 inches wide
18.00 inches tall
1.50 inches deep
Weight
1.50 lbs
Location
NYC, NY, US
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