Markus Thonett: Approaching Peace

Markus Thonett: Approaching Peace

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Medium painted relief carving

Size (cm) 96 x 97 x 4

'Approaching Peace 1' was the piece that set this whole series of works in motion. The artist was contemplating entering for a themed exhibition under the heading of Peace, but feared any representation of the theme would be obvious and possibly cringe-worthy. So, in a morning meditation it came to him to make an abstract piece on the topic, carved in a square board, soft and white at the centre, and rough and colourful round the frazzled edges. He gave it the title of 'Approaching Peace' because he felt that permanent peace is not a realistic state, but rather an aspirational concept with occasional manifestations of bliss along the way. Markus' piece was rejected, much to his delight when later he found out that the winning entry was a realistic depiction of a soldier with a tear in his eye. Quite the opposite of what he was trying to achieve.

'Approaching Peace 2' is similar to, but not a copy of, the first piece by this title. It is more spatial, has a higher contrast and a more intense feel to its peripheral areas than its predecessor. Both pieces convey the rich and colourful patterns of life around the edges, and gently lead you into an ever increasing sense of peace towards the centre.

*This artwork is located in the UK. Worldwide shipping can be arranged at an additional cost, to be agreed.