Shayne Dark calls his extraordinary new series of dynamic oil paintings—'calculated chaotic colour.’ The Canadian artist is known for using expressive bold colours in his contemporary artwork. Inspired by a recent trip to Northern India and the heady vision of rich colours in that ancient land, Dark’s highly textured intersected series features hundreds of angled lines. Rendered in red, pink, pale yellow, green and sky blue, the lines are layered and run vertically and horizontally across the canvas—a virtual web of energy and colour. Number one in a series of nine.
“There is a quote I like by Oscar Wilde, ”Mere colour can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.” With this series of oil paintings, I hope to speak to the viewer.” Shayne Dark
Inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2018, Dark has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. In 2017, Dark had a solo exhibition and an artist residency at New York’s Brooklyn Botanical Garden. The same year, he had a solo exhibition at the Albright Knox, NY. Dark has received six Ontario Arts Council grants and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. His work may be found in numerous private, corporate and public collections worldwide.