Oil on paper
32 x 19.5 inches / 81.3 x 49.5 cm
Framed: 38 x 25.3 inches / 96.5 x 64.1 cm
Courtesy of the artist’s estate and Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York
Nassos Daphnis developed his color-plane theory to liberate color from the restriction of form. In doing so, he used multiple planes of solid color to create the illusion of depth, space, and movement amid smooth, uninterrupted surface textures. The interplay of Daphnis’ carefully chosen palette and dynamic shapes results in a vibrating, tension-ridden energy that allows color to be the primary element of the work, unconstrained by line or form.
This painting employs Daphnis’ distinctive use of primary colors and geometric shapes. Inspired by an interest in invisible influences on the physical world, such as magnetic forces or radio waves, it serves to both comment on transmission, and to transmit information and emotion itself.
Daphnis struggled to decide whether he was an artist or a scientist and this work, which highlights Daphnis’ interest in science and mathematical precision, is comprised of systematic lines of primary colors radiating out from and towards each other, meeting, and crossing rhythmically.