Appreciating the surface

Few things suffocate a painting more than a viewer’s thirst for its depths.

Vincent O’Sullivan in Ralph Hotere: The Dark is Light Enough

Some paintings have a lot of depth, and I like the ones that do, but maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to go digging for hidden meaning.

Many paintings really are just about what you see on the surface: colour, texture, nature, light.

And the paintings that do, whether consciously or not, contain deeper layers of meaning should first be appreciated for their surface anyway.

At least, I think that’s what this quote is getting at. 😄

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