Offered this week, “The Shimmering Land” by western artist Kenneth Riley (1919-2015).
What color is white?
“The Shimmering Land” is a white painting. Except it’s not white. Orange, blue, green, yellow, and purple are used to paint a white figure riding a white horse in a white landscape. At the gallery, I hung The Shimmering Land next to another western painting, “Backstage” by Duke Beardsley (born 1969). After I hung these two paintings, I noticed they use exactly the same colors with dramatically different results. The Shimmering Land indeed shimmers with these jewel-like colors while Beardsley’s painting is bright, bold and dark with the same colors. A remarkable comparison!