Above: Chiaroscuro, oil on canvas, 72 x 48″
Bill Stone’s oil paintings are emotionally charged, and often create dense webs of feeling. Chiaroscuro is weighted with energetic strokes, yet alludes to a sense of elegance. This work plays with the disparate ideas of tension and balance. There is an allover effect; there is not a single focal point, and the irregular shapes of the black and white forms add to the energy of the painting. The forms overlap at the edges, creating visual movement and tension, yet there are equal amounts of both – the canvas is alive and stable. His dynamic abstract paintings dare the viewer to sense the unbounded human spirit.
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Fun Fact: Chiaroscuro is a term used to describe an oil painting technique developed during the Renaissance era that uses strong tonal contrasts between light and dark to model three-dimensional forms, often to dramatic effect. The term was coined by Leonardo DaVinci, although earlier variations of the technique date back to ancient Greece.