This print depicts overlapping lines and shapes of green, yellow and blue; these hues blend together to create an interlocking and changing pattern. Stanley Whitney’s abstract paintings and works on paper explore the possibilities of color and form. The artist arranges his highly saturated color fields into gridded blocks separated by energetic, gestural lines. Whitney draws on disparate influences, including: the compositions of painters Titian and Velázquez; minimalism and color field painting; Southern quilts; and the freewheeling jazz of Charlie Parker and Ornette Coleman; Whitney describes his loose style as musical and improvisational.
For decades, Stanley Whitney has experimented with a single compositional strategy—rendering grids with seemingly inexhaustible variations of color. The artist has described his process as similar to the call and response flow of traditional African American music, with one color calling forth another and dictating the structure of the work. Whitney draws inspiration from a wide range of historical and cultural references, including: Roman architecture; American quilt-making; and jazz, which the artist listens to while working in the studio.