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"Out of The Dark"

(From our  "Quarterly Magazine")

Chiaroscuro is an Italian artistic term used to describe the dramatic effect of contrasting areas of light and dark in an artwork, particularly paintings.
It comes from the combination of the Italian words for "light" and "dark."
Some evidence exists that ancient Greek and Roman artists used chiaroscuro effects, but in European painting the technique was first brought to its full potential by Leonardo da Vinci in the late 15th century in such paintings as his Adoration of the Magi (1481).
Leonardo da Vinci's use of the oil painting technique, still new in Italy, enabled him to achieve depth and intensity of colouring and transparency in the effects of light and shade, as is also apparent in Peter Andrew Jones's paintings in many cases, the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting the whole composition.
As part of a studio project exploring the concept of "Light & Dark" inspired by the term Chiaroscuro, this painting titled "Out of The Dark" is one of a pair of paintings created for the project, the other being "Into The Light" which you can see here >

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Deborah Susan Jones, Writer.


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