Soulages is often called the “Painter of Black” as he has instinctively worked with this colour since the start of his career, in his native France, in the 1940s. His earlier paintings were created utilising paintbrushes and palette knives to make expansive, dynamic strokes, creating abstract architectonic forms. His subject matter is greatly influenced by his country’s austere Romanesque architecture as well as East Asian calligraphy, which have dominated his compositional, well-balanced pieces. These forms, together with a chromatic refinement inseparable from restraint and a sense of innate dignity, sets him apart from the works of many other abstract painters.
Influenced by Pierre Soulages, the French painter of black and light, the entirely black first collection explores the relationship between cut, silhouette and texture without distraction