Pride parade, abstract painting. Painted 2016 to 2017 by British
Gheorghe Virtosu is a primary master of the abstract art movement and school. From the perception of viewer who has not engaged with abstract art, Virtosu extended beyond it and challenged its limits. This is evident from the many abstract paintings executed by abstract art master including the piece Pride Parade. Although Virtosu’s 2017 abstract painting “Pride Parade” is primarily an abstract piece, it contains a cluster of colorful shapes out of which a few representational images emerge to evoke the exuberance of a pride parade.
The forms on the left-hand side of the oil painting are composed of an assemblage of interlocking curves and ovals. The shapes formed by the overlap in the circles and curves are each filled by a colour: the top shapes are predominantly blue with some yellow and other colours, while the bottom shapes are predominantly yellow with some blue and purple. The textures within each shape initially look solid and monochromatic, but upon closer inspection, some of them have a texture formed by brushstrokes of other colors. The background is a dark background, with a texture of thin brushstrokes of many colors blended together.
Out of the right-hand side of these shapes, there emerge two distinct representational forms. At the bottom, we see a lilac-coloured profile of a rabbit or caterpillar, with yellow and blue curved semi-circles within. At the top, in a blood-red hue, is a face with a wide grin. It has two eyes, each with a different shade of blue, and both of which seem to be formed by the curved lines coming out of the celebratory forms on the left. The color of the grin matches the color of the background, and therefore seems to be formed with negative space. On the right hand side of the face, there are a set of four curved spikes. Since the eyes lack pupils, and since the smile is so large, it seems to be more of a mask than an actual face -- it looks like the “happy” face in the Comedy and Tragedy masks of the theatre.