Composition 87 - Paul Bik
Artist: Paul Bik
Medium: Acrylic and cut cardboard applied with resin, on a wooden board.
Size: 120 x 120 cm
Paul Bik achieves the effect of three-dimensionality thanks to using his own technique – the method of accumulating the layers of glued and stained cut cardboard, wood or paper into a mass of simple, geometric forms. Relief gains its extreme durability and flexibility during the process of fixing it with resin. In the final step, Bik reaches for the traditional painting tools, such as paintbrush and paint, giving his spatial constructions a monochrome complexion, or enriching the ascetic composition with a distinct accent, such as a shiny golden colour.
Although the main elements of the Paul Bik's artworks are geometric forms of simple, harmonious, rhythmic patterns of straight and circular lines elaborated with craft precision, in his compositions the light and shadow seem to play a central role. Therefore, the fact that he uses a limited colour palette seems justifiable – the colour in this case primarily functions as the background for the exposed light and shadow. Although his subtle work – with its ascetic use of colours and minimalist forms – emanates with a sense of harmony, this serene and peaceful atmosphere sometimes surpasses in confrontation with one distinct, colourful accent.