Piece description from the artist
Involution 27 presents a self luminous sphere as a follow up after completing two paintings involving a backlit sphere and a sphere illuminated 3/4 from above.
As it turns out, this is what occurs in outer space. There are spheres illuminated in different ways which we refer to as planets or stars.
Working with that concept I wanted to depict a strong sense of scale with this painting. I placed a much smaller circle within the sphere shape and then an even smaller circle below the largest sphere.
The smallest circle is a light green which implies it is illuminated by the large sphere and therefore behind it. The medium circle is in front of the large sphere and so it is a dark value indicating a silhouette.
Shawn Vales holds aBFA and an MFA from the Academy of Art University of San Francisco. During undergrad he developed a strong foundation in the fundamentals of representational art. With a strong skill set he began developing more personal approaches to creative expression by engaging abstract painting during his MFA program. Shawn developed a process and a visual language through practice of self- awareness and heightened sensitivity to his intuition.
His paintings combine the visceral quality of abstract expressionist action-painting with an intellectual undertone similar to a surrealist painting. His work his evocative and intriguing. While viewing one of Shawn's paintings one is likely to be reminded of nature through visual elements, color schemes as well as the activity and energy of the work. There is a metaphysical aspect suggested through various forms within subtle paradox. For example, gravity may be defied by floating forms and orientation can be challenging to figure out.
Shawn creates works that allow the mind to escape into an imaginative and potentially spiritual realm.