In my recent experiments in abstraction, a technique used by the cubist artists Juan Gris and Georges Braque came in handy. I’ve loved looking at their work for years and one of the things that has intrigued me is their ability to clarify and distinguish the objects in their often jumbled compositions. One of the methods they used to do that was to incorporate shadowed edges around select objects to “pull” them away from surrounding shapes. Doing this helped to separate the object from others and to add depth to the otherwise flat image.
My three new abstractions below all use a version of this technique for the same reasons, to help clarify and to add depth. All three use very different color palettes but otherwise have much in common; geometric shapes, overlapping lines and shadowed edges.