African Art Essay

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African Art

The painting is made by an african artist. You can tell by the colours used in the painting and the style of clothes that are worn that it comes from an african background. The painting is quite abstract because of the shapes. The shapes have curved lines but the way the shapes are used are like 'block shapes', as if the shapes are making up the painting. The painting is more about the colours used. Each random shape has got tonal colour. The colours used are bright ranging from blue and red, mixed with dark tones. The painting doesn't depict a realistic image because it doesn't seem like a proffesional painting. It doesn't show any great detail and only shows more emphasis on the
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The tonal balance is a medium contrast and uses more dark tones than lighter tones. It uses tone through blending and shading the colours. On the actual figures it uses more darker shading and a few colour blendings. The background blends various numbers of colours together. The darker shadings on the figures doesn't give the painting seem gloomy as most paintings will when they have darker shades to it, or even dark as there is more colour blended into it. Still with the toning, it makes the picture look flat.

The main types of colours that are used are primary colours and the combined primary colours mixed with the black or white. It doesn't use any other mixed colours. There are cold colours such as green and blue but it still makes the painting look warm as it is mixed with either a warm colour. It uses bright colours but in general it doesn't seem as bright as you would expect it to be as the artist has used the colour in a subtle way. The way the artist has used the colour is started in one section of a shape and either smuged outwards into the rest of the shape, or blended in to another colour.

The main object of the painting, is the two figures and that is the main focus, however the colours used in the background doesn't really make the figures stand out even though it is in the centre of the painting.
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