Color Embraced: Nicholas Bodde

8 May

The way colors play off one another has always attracted me.  There are certain designs I find myself staring at over and over again simply for the juxtaposition of hues and how they relate together.  The work on Nicholas Bodde strikes my chroma-loving heart to the core.

No. 741, acrylic on aluminum, 80 cm diam

Bodde’s work is beautiful in its simplicity and in its joyful exploration of color.  Parallel, horizontal stripes race across the canvas in a controlled riot, almost like we’re looking out a car window while whizzing by a carnival or planted fields of flowers.

O.T., acrylic on aluminum, 100 x 56 cm

Especially in the works featuring wide bands of blue or orange at the top of the canvas, these seem like distilled landscapes.  Complex scenes broken down to simple bands of color.

O.T., oil and acrylic on aluminum

In this way, the placement of colors on the canvas and beside each other takes these away from being just painted stripes of color and into sophisticatedly designed patterns and compositions.  And they simply make me happy.

No. 749, oil and acrylic on aluminum, 80 cm diam

O.T., oil and acrylic on aluminum, 100×55 cm

To see more of Nicholas Bodde’s work, please visit his website.  How are you embracing color these days?

Featured image is O.T., acrylic on aluminum, 100×56 cm.  All images are via the artist’s website.

5 Responses to “Color Embraced: Nicholas Bodde”

  1. dwpfox May 8, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    Interesting. Do you ever treat sound the same?

    • Lesley May 8, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

      I’ve seen work based on music, sound waves, etc., if that’s what you mean..?

      • dwpfox May 8, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

        Ahhh I mean more whilst listening to it. Was based purely on your opening sentence of “The way colors play off one another has always attracted me. ” – like getting the same feeling/analysis but from a different stimulus. Noticing how music borrows ideas of different tones playing off one another etc… Sorry if it sounds like madness!

        • Lesley May 8, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

          Ah! No, that makes perfect sense. My husband would think along the same lines regarding music..🙂

  2. 35andupcynicismonhold May 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    Yes, they do make me happy, too. Jusat by looking at them, I feel a bit more cheerful… Thanks for this feature!🙂

Share your artsy thoughts!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: