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"Controlled Chaos"

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2nd in this linepainting series 40x 50". City life is my inspiration once again.

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Audra Lambert
Audra Lambert Critic

May 02, 2022

Robert Petrick’s “Controlled Chaos” demonstrates superior line work throughout. This artwork - punctuated by heavy, uninterrupted black brushstrokes - simultaneously appears both graphic and painterly. This oil on canvas painting embraces curvilinear outlines which delineate areas across the picture plane. The artist notes that this is an abstract artwork inspired by experiencing life in New York City. While the weight of line varies throughout the composition, this strong black line work throughout the painting contrasts sharply with the soft washes of pastel oil paint and softer, more subtle, chalky white and blue lines which form a relationship with the heavier black outline. The contrast of hues and linear markings echoes the structures and surfaces found throughout the urban environment. Lighter jewel tones of paint throughout the artwork suggest diffuse light. The curvilinear style present throughout “Controlled Chaos” embraces soft curves, gradients and circular marks in direct dialogue with the 20th century painting movement of Abstraction, centered in New York City. This urban space continues to leave its indelible mark on painters, as is evidenced in this large abstract painting by Petrick.

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Robert Petrick
Robert Petrick Creator

May 02, 2022

Thank you, Audra , for your review of my piece. It is true that some of my work references the non objective action paintings of the 50's and early 60's . I started serious painting in the early 70's and I am still drawn to the expressive freedom that flowed from those painterly experiments.  I think where I differ is I am not afraid to change and incorporate a new genre to my repertoire. My bottom line regarding my work is that nothing belongs to the past. Anyway it is great to hear your analysis.

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Robert Petrick
Abstract, Conceptual
Painting - Unframed
Oil, Canvas
50.00 inches wide
40.00 inches tall
1.50 inches deep
4.00 lbs