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.
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.
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.
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.
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.