Albus No.11


Albus No.11
1120 x 1120

Thornley's Albus works of 1974 first brought his name to prominence. These works use the grid as a structure for the freeing of colour to operate across the surface with an even focus. Colour is laid down on the paper then blotted up creating mood filled modulations of tone within the compositional austerity of the grid construction. The viewer is encouraged to contemplate and thus arrive at an emotional response to the colour of each individual work. Thornley's Albus paintings were exhibited as New Zealand's contribution to the 1975 Sao Paolo XII Biennale in Brazil. This work is the only asymmetrically composed Albus painting. The title means " white " - a reference to the white base from which all the works are developed. Most of them are grey/black though a single unexhibited Albus work is richly coloured.

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