Daily Art Moment: Vincent Hamel

Prussian Blue, Vincent Hamel, 11 7/8 x 8 ½ inches, wax crayon on handmade paper. A vertical rectangular work composed entirely of a field of deep blue. Vertical lines create texture in the shape of variegated shades of deep blues with flecks and streaks of white throughout. The edges of the work are uneven and the nature of the crayon work reveals itself in scratchy, jagged borders

“When the news becomes overwhelming, as it often has in 2020, I escape into pure color. Prussian Blue by Dutch artist Vincent Hamel offers a calming retreat. Hamel limits himself to a modest scale and materials, yet he produces captivating work that exhibits his deep love for color and tactility. In Prussian Blue, he used a wax crayon to build up lush layers of pure pigment. The image is both powerful and soothing, evoking the deepest blues of our natural world with rhythmic strokes. This beautiful drawing will be on view in Marking a Mark: Contemporary Drawings beginning November 5.”

Mary Weaver Chapin, Curator of Prints and Drawings

Vincent Hamel (Dutch, born 1931). Prussian Blue, 2004. Wax crayon on handmade paper. Gift of Sally and Wynn Kramarsky, 2009.13.7 © unknown, research required

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