Gauguin's Doubts; glance and look away

©2020 Ron Mills-Pinyas

 

Gauguin's famous existential work entitled Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? has been influential to me as a painter for many years.  Sometimes the gravity of those questions escapes my focus but they lurk, always seemingly unanswerable.  The questions transcend nearly all that can be said, expressing the state of unknowing on a very basic level.  I am there in these works, originally painted in Barcelona in 2017-19, some of which were grouped as the "Qualia" series but some of them have been recombined and reconfigured, some repainted substantially, some with relatively minor changes as I have sought to have the panels relate, allude and in effect "talk" to one another.  The stimulus for this series comes from a contemplation of loss and the mysteries about the end of life as well as the poetry of my colleague Lex Runciman.

 

Acrylic on four panels per work, 90 cm x 90 cm (180 cm x 180 cm total) 

Where are we going?
acrylic on four 90 cm x cm panels (180 cm x 180 cm) 2020
What are we?
acrylic on four 90 cm x cm panels (180 cm x 180 cm) 2020
Where did we come from?
acrylic on four 90 cm x cm panels (180 cm x 180 cm) 2020
Glance and Look Away
Acrylic on canvas with bitumen, 60” x 60”, 2020
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