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John Hungerford

The King's School

Artwork title
In chaos comes happiness, with indulgence despair
HSC year
2011
ARTEXPRESS year
2012
Expressive form
Painting
Artist’s statement

My abstract paintings explore the duality of happiness and despair, contrasting those who live in indulgence with those who live in chaos. Panel one reflects chaos and happiness, represented through passionate movements and vibrant colours, while being linked to the stillness and purity of panel two. Panel three highlights despair and indulgence, represented through dark, ominous colours and structured, restricted forms, while being linked to the black zip of panel two. The zips of panel two highlight that this duality is not black and white, but a complex concept that needs deep exploration.

Influencing artists: Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline

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