MY MEDIEVAL MIND - Pure Contemplation Without Knowledge.
6 Paintings by Michael Gabriel Francas - PCWK show Nyisztor Studio 2018. Acrylic and oils on gesso to wood panel. 300 x 300mm EA
The gaze of the spirit. Eschewing the terrestrial horizon
( Jean - Clarence Lambert - from introduction to Byzantine and Russian painting by Kostas Papaioannou )
As a painter my process allows for improvisation and accident allowing intuition to be my guide. The result is that the painting can be as mysterious to me the painter as it is to you the viewer.
When I see the colours and shapes that emerge I think of the medieval mindset with its enchanting symbolisms pre the correct perspective and realism that the renaissance brought to painting. A more magical time, the days of tempera painting on wood prior to the advent of oil painting on canvas.
Incised into the surface are geometric lines which allude to linear perspective. These lines symbolize an analytical logical thought process as contrasted to the intuitive. So I envisage in these images a tension between differing mindsets.
This interpretation is emphasised by the lack of horizon and sky which reminds me of the Byzantine era when images could be said to be set in a divine realm thus the lack of a terrestrial horizon. MGF 2018