Peter O'Brien

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The Uncertainty Principles

A few paintings and a few words from “The Uncertainty Principals” 2010. The works are acrylic on birch panel.

T.U.P. The Golden Branch 2010 acrylic on birch panels 25 inches X 63 inches X 1 inch

T.U.P. The Golden Branch detail

“The Golden Branch” 25 inches X 63 inches X 1 inch

T.U.P. Three Branch (Gold Orange) 2010 acrylic on birch panels 10 inches X 26 inches X 1 inch     T.U.P. Three Branch (Gold Orange) detail

“Three Branch (Gold Orange)” 10 inches X 26 inches X 1 inch

T.U.P. Three Branch (Pink Grey) 2010 acrylic on birch panels 10 inches X 26 inches X 1 inch     T.U.P. Three Branch (Violet Orange) detail

“Three Branch (Pink Grey)” 10 inches X 26 inches X 1 inch

T.U.P. Small Homage to Bosch, van Ruisdael, Breugel, Cranach 2010 acrylic on birch 22 X 54 X 1 inch

T.U.P. Small Homage detail

“Small Homage to Bosch, van Ruisdael, Breugel, Cranach” 22 inches X 54 inches X 1 inch

T.U.P. Twelve Tree (Green Blue) 2010 acrylic on birch panels 26 inches X 34 inches X 1 inch

T.U.P. Twelve Tree (Green Blue) detail

“Twelve Tree (Green Blue)” 26 inches X 34 inches X 1 inch

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Artist’s Statement and a Few Notes on “The Uncertainty Principles”

Each of us brings our own disrupting wisdom and perspective to even the most basic of insights: about light, colour, movement and seeing.

The background records time. The foreground records space. Each mimics the other.

The edge is where we start from.

Sometimes I spend an inordinately long time on inconsequential tasks.

Other times I make definitive and far-reaching decisions about profoundly important or foundational activities after the briefest of considerations.

Would that it were effortless.

Trees grow, for the most part, vertically. These paintings have decided to be horizontal.

The natural world is infinitely and indefinably variable. These paintings are defined and restricted.

Which came first: the acorn or the oak tree?

Seeking the tension between attraction and dispersion.

Once the act is begun, it takes on a life of its adaptable own.

When we look at something, we change it: both its position and its velocity.

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