OMIROS. AYRTON SENNA. 35.5X51 Inches. Free Shipping.
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The subject of this composition, Formula One racing, comes from a limited series of paintings completed by Omiros in the mid to late ‘90s. For a painter whose aesthetic concerns were already well established in the realms of justice (or the lack thereof), lyrical abstraction, mythology, and holy themes, among others—at this point in the artist’s career it would appear almost counterintuitive to depict a subject so industrial and removed from the arguably more narrative subjects of his oeuvre. The choice in subject matter, however, reveals Omiros to be a master adept at coalescing visual references and being deeply inspired by a myriad of diverse muses, portraying them in ways that express familiar themes in his own pictorial language.
Ayrton Senna is painted in Omiros’ Figural Abstraction, featuring black outlined forms of race cars shrouded in clouds of pale, muted, and opaque white and pink hues of ephemeral evaporation. The repetition of forms, namely circular dark rubber burning spinning wheels that recede into the background of the composition, brings the sonic sense of speeding machines, space, and movement. At the same time, their abstracted representation alludes to unimaginable G-forces and jostling jockeying rival drivers that is beyond everyday comprehension. The use of bold red tones, reminiscent of flags waved at races, coupled with the smoky effect of Omiros’ brushstrokes overlaid on top of the cars that move down the track, makes you feel that you are watching Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna, drive that car.