WUD Art Committee presents abstract and methodical oil paintings by Daniel Atyrim The Badger Herald
Last month, the WUD Art Committee showcased Daniel Atyim’s colorful works at Memorial Union’s Class of 1925 gallery.
The exhibition, titled “Unsound Methods”, uses the textural topography of paint on each image to create the illusion of shifting perceptions, based on distance and perspective.
Atyim layers oil paint to create his abstract style, focusing intensely on texture. With gradations of raised circular patches of color on the underlying surface colors, each image follows a similar pattern, yet each looks distinct.
One piece, titled “Last Drop in or Before 1968”, shows a kaleidoscope of colors against a cool colored background. The rainbow motif reflects nostalgia – following Atyim’s intention to show a glimpse of the “natural world and forgotten space”, according to his artist statement.
Described as an artist “seduced by color” in the press release, this exhibition exists as a testimony to this passion. As you walk through the exhibit, the colors and textures are almost too tempting to touch.
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Another piece, “The Wiffle of Forbidden Fruit”, was by far the largest oil painting in the exhibition and served as the centerpiece. Soft shades of bubblegum and lilac layered with gray tones created a soft pop of contrast that immediately caught the eye.
The color scheme, combined with the bold cultural implications of the forbidden fruit, creates a deep and almost provocative message, befitting the viewers’ interpretation.
Atyim’s painting “Blue Horizon” is the most grounded in realism, revealing a sharp separation between a burgundy-toned sky and a cool-toned expanse of blue water. The rainbow textural notes, however, revealed Atyim’s understated yet bold style.
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His style – both vague and ambiguous yet organized and loaded with meaning – developed a need for the viewer to venture deeper into it. Each painting, paired with meaningful and sometimes playful titles, compels viewers to analyze beyond the cohesive aesthetics and beauty of each piece.
In his final day, Atyim curated a cohesive and unmistakable style in his exhibition with the WUD Art Committee – both thought-provoking and aesthetically satisfying.