Sunyata Number Twelve by Malcolm Rains

Year
2011
Medium
Light Interference Pigments on Aluminum Panel
Size
36 × 36 inches
91.44 × 91.44 cm
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Using interference pigments that refract and reflect light so that different colors – teal, aqua, lemon yellow shift and change as the viewer moves across the panel. Artist Malcolm Rains creates a surface that is at once austere and rich. This dual interpretation is reflected in the title of the work. Sunyata translates into English as emptiness but as a Buddhist concept refers to the meditative experience, another reality. Born in England in 1947, Malcolm Rains emigrated to Canada in 1955. After studies in architecture at the University of Toronto and University of Detroit he completed a degree at the Ontario College of Art. With roots in classical Greek art, architecture and mythology, Rains explores balance and harmony and even an austerity reflecting the intense realism Baroque painter Juan Sanchez-Cotan. Rains has been exhibited extensively throughout notable institutions across Canada including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Power Plant (Toronto) and the Art Gallery of Hamilton. His work is held in many private, corporate and public collections.

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