A most unusual modern painting----oil and sand on canvas, 48" by 32" including the frame, which, painted on all edges, can be considered an integral part of the work. The subject is most impressively complex---abstract yet suggestive of perhaps a central fish, or primitive ethnographic art imagery....all in a controlled palette of gray, muted rust red, white, black, and a touch of yellow. There is a signature, which has defied efforts to read it......looks like "Karnastas" or "Karnotas", or any number of variations on those choices; the first letters do appear to be "Har" or "Kar" or "Her" or "Ker". Most certainly, the imagery and technique of sand mixed with paint, suggests a Latin American artist, but this is not certain. There is some resemblance to Uruguayan art in the manner of Joaquin Torres Garcia----the subdued colors, the compartmentalization---again, just speculation. The painting could conceivably hang on the wall either vertically or horizontally. I have shown the work in a horizontal position, but the hanging wire on reverse is placed so that the work can hang vertically. This one is a real mystery. Note the grooved sandy surface, which has impressive relief. This handsome work will bring contemporary elegant beauty to the most sophisticated interior.
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