This abstract painting bridges the East-West dichotomy in ways both subtle and literal. For this work, the artist draws inspiration from: 9th-century Chinese "floating perspective" painting philosophy, which was a multi-perspective precursor to cubism; expressionist woodblock prints; and the New York school of abstract expressionism.
Drawing is central to Kuruneru's practice. The artist's work explores both the graphic, conceptual and narrative potentials of the medium and of mark-making—while engaging with Western geometric abstraction, Eastern landscape painting, and the artist’s own interest in comic books.
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Shawn Kuruneru’s abstract paintings bridge the East-West dichotomy. The artist draws influence from 9th-century Chinese “floating perspective” painting philosophy (a kind of multi-perspective precursor to cubism), expressionist woodblock prints and the New York School of abstract expressionism—as well as the artist’s own interest in comic books. Kuruneru’s work examines the narrative potential of mark-making based in the context of different idioms, exploring both the conceptual and graphic aspects of his medium.