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Abstract...The "Typhon"

©Janis Zroback

Toronto, Canada

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This painting, is inspired by Turner’s painting of a slave ship in the midst of a typhoon, which he called a “Typhon”…Turner captured the horror of the event and terrifying grandeur of nature through hot, churning color and light that merge sea and sky. The critic John Ruskin, the first owner of Slave Ship, wrote, “If I were reduced to rest Turner’s immortality upon any single work, I should choose this.”
I chose to create an abstract work evoking the turmoil of the storm, not so much stressing the wind and the waves, but instead ferocity and power portrayed by the intense shock of deep red amid the more serene blues

Aloft all hands, strike the top-masts and belay;
Yon angry setting sun and fierce-edged clouds
Declare the Typhon’s coming.
Before it sweeps your decks, throw overboard
The dead and dying – ne’er heed their chains
Hope, Hope, fallacious Hope!
Where is thy market now
?”..J.M.W. Turner

Acrylic on Canvas


Philip Gaida Fine Art Award
Special Merit
SoJie 18, August 2012

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