Economy of Wax
by Richard Blanco
Florida based abstract artist Richard Blanco is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Blanco draws inspiration from the unconscious influence of golden ratios and their influence on the perception of beauty. Phi (the golden ratio of 1:1.618) is thought to be a mysterious number which has some related quantities and shapes. It appears repeatedly in the proportions of the human body, plants, animals, DNA, solar system, art and architecture, music, etc. Blanco uses this ratio as a constraint upon which to build his work. Typically this involves dividing the canvas up into a grid. Each section of the grid relates to its adjacent section using the golden ratio. Some of the grids become very complex while others are as simple as just two sections. By placing this limitation on his work it liberates him to freely explore composition, color and form without being
bound by narrative.
All of his work is initially designed on the computer using vector based software. The design is then manually transcribed to canvas and painted in acrylic using several series of stencils. Color choices are improvisational and made at the time of painting, not during the design process.