Blake Chamberlain / The Thin Air /24" x 30"/ acrylic on canvas/ 2015
"The Thin Air" is full of color and detail. It is the kind of painting you can see something new in each time you look at it. The painting features a unique composition dense with a multitude of stylized faces, some with replicated features, made from bright rich flat color shapes and patterns in reds, greens, yellows, purples, blues, pinks, golds, and oranges. This composition is tamed somewhat with grays and neutrals and is outlined in semi-gloss black. Colorful line, grid, checker board, and swooping shapes continue into the background and the whole scene is energized with waves of pattern and line.
This is a celebration of singular creation. Swirls and rippling shapes emanate upward from opened heads, symbolizing the movement and positive energy of creative thinking. This piece is a culmination from a colorful collection of paintings that challenge and confront expectations of the human form.
The title is taken from a track by the band Magazine, from the 1979 album Secondhand Daylight. This song happened to be in my headphones while I completed and signed the painting and I liked the contrast of naming a painting so thick and solid with imagery after something as "thin" as air. I also like that it could be interpreted to mean that everything, even the thin air, is full of past colorful human spirits and the bright influence of human ideas-- that the future is the culmination of the past, or something along those lines.