Our first Curator's Choice of 2022 is Lacrima di Giobbe by abstract artist, Roger Mudre. The painting, which measures 36" x 36" and is framed in a warm silver frame, is made with acrylic paint over metal leaf on panel. Read on to learn more about this abstract metallic piece, which is part of the artist's newest series, and why we chose it to kick off the new year.
What It's About
Lacrima di Giobbe is part of Mudre's newest Venezia series, which is inspired by the artist's recent trip to the Northern Italian city. In it, Mudre weaves his exploration of the circle together with a geometric floral pattern reminiscent of Venician Fortuny Fabrics. Each of Mudre's pieces are named for botanicals, and Lacrima di Giobbe (which translates to Job's Tears, a tropical plant native to Southeast Asia), was chosen because of the similarity in color to the plant's seeds.
Where It Works
Although Lacrima di Giobbe has a neutral palette, the use of hand-applied metal leaf in the painting's under layers give it a shimmering warmth that allows its appearance to transform slightly in changing light. That, combined with the classic patterns of its composition, make this piece appear almost like a hand-painted, ornate wallpaper. We love it in a light neutral space for added visual texture, or alongside a darker motif for a more dramatic effect.
Why We Love It
Roger Mudre's Venezia series maintains his signature style, while embarking in a new direction inspired by alternate art forms. The result is an ornate, almost regal nod to luxe textile design. We love the way the artist blends an age-old functional design aesthetic into his intricate, metallic paintings, adding elegance and luminosity to a space.
The focus of Roger Mudre’s work is the circle. This Connecticut-based artist finds inspiration in the colors and patterns of nature. Painting in jewel toned acrylics, he builds sheer layers of color on a subtly reflective metal leaf surface to create a picture plane that changes with the viewer’s perspective. Roger's work is part of many corporate and private collections including Hotel Zero Degrees in Norwalk, Connecticut, Frontier Communications, and the Energizer Corporation in Shelton, Connecticut. Roger is influenced by Joesph Albers, Sol LeWitt, and Mark Rothko.