Ancient civilizations like the Sumerians and the Akkadians lived in harmony and peace, and "love was the only engine of survival" (Leonard Cohen). From this quotation, Romi was inspired to create geometric canvases with cuneiform characters.
- Subject: Sunrise
- Technique: Acrylic on canvas - Mixed Media
- Measurements: 30 x 40 inch
- Date: 2022
- Condition: Excellent
- Signature: Yes
Sunrise, by John Romi
If you would expect traditional colors and usual views, you have to look somewhere else, because the art of John Romi is all about exploring the true life and feelings behind the common objects and scenes.
In his amazing painting (Sunrise), John used the geometric background look and abstract structure to depict the secret of life that illuminates with everyday sunrise!
However, the center gravity of his entire artwork resides with the Akkadian Word (ṣī šamši / Sunrise) in cuneiform.
John did not just write the word as a normal calligrapher does, but he outstandingly switched the word to a unique art by using multilayers and mixed media to reach his audience through the visual elements.
I strongly believe that this one-of-a-kind work exceeds in many ways what many well-known postmodernism artists could offer. In fact, I could breathe in his artwork the Mesopotamian breeze mixed with the aroma of two of the masters of modern art, i.e., Paul Klee and Piet Mondrian. It is a path that only John Romi could walk!
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