Triumph - Abstract Surreal Oil Painting

Triumph - Abstract Surreal Oil Painting

Oil on Canvas Board, 16x20" unframed




Triumph is an abstract oil painting that began with a pencil drawing a few years ago. 

This drawing initially began with an idea, that of triumph, which is rejoicing over a success or victory. The images supporting this theme in the abstract artwork are ones that I often use for my art. 

The raging ocean waves 
The waves are simplified, and twisting and spiraling in an organic fashion. One larger wave wraps around the rainbow, and holds on to it. Another smaller wave swirls around the larger one. 

I used aquamarine blue, veridian green, lemon yellow, and titanium white for the colors. These cool colors contrast with the bright colors of the rainbow. 

A rainbow 
The rainbow is an image I have used often for my artworks. A rainbow symbolizes hope, and a calm after a storm. 

The oil painting depicts the rainbow in full color, although it does not appear as a normal rainbow with distinct colors of the spectrum.

The rough and rugged Newfoundland coastline 
The cliff side in the graphite drawing appears rougher than in the oil painting. I felt the need to change the appearance to help the composition, and to make the rocks look like they are participating in the event. The cliff in the drawing almost appears that it do not belong there. 

A storm 
The background in the drawing is drawn in extreme detail and is very dark. There is much going on there, but is not readily noticable until close study of the pencil drawing. I simplified this, and used reds in the background of the abstract painting to make the storm even more menacing. 

TITLE: "Triumph" 
MEDIUM: Oil Painting on Canvas Board 
SIZE: 16 X 20"
SHIPPING: FREE within the Canada. Shipping will occur within 2 weeks of order. Please contact me for information on international shipping. 

Copyright Graham Matthews, 2012

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