This joyful ‘spoke’ painting by abstract artist Harold Feist is rendered in brilliant orange, turquoise, bright green, and a hint of black. Feist discovered the flexible, simple format of bands of colour radiating out from the centre of the canvas like ‘spokes’ on a wheel. One of the earlier ‘spoke’ paintings, ‘Orange Around’ is part of a formatted series—wheels of colour that Feist returned to again and again throughout his career.
“The viewer could look at the picture, see the spokes, see that it all more or less followed a system then maybe—having been enticed straight in through the front door see the painting as a painting.” Harold Feist
Born in Texas, (1945-2021) won a scholarship for the University of Illinois where he switched his studies from architecture to fine art acquiring a masters at the Maryland Institute College of Art. While pursuing his own art, he took a job teaching at the Alberta University of the Arts in Calgary followed by the University of Regina and Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. He decided to paint full time in the late seventies.
His work is held in both private and public collections in Canada and the U.S. including the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.