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'Veeke' is as jagged a painting as its spiky name suggests. From a base colour of murky green grey emerge what appear like flat knives or spears, layered on top of one another, and streaking across the canvas from right to left like a dirty neon chevron. They seem to cast softer dove-grey shadows as they pass, creating intricate, impossible perspectives. Like many of Abts' paintings, 'Veeke' appears, at first, insolent and introspective, concerned only with itself. Muted and sombre in timbre, the complex layering of space folds over and over onto itself, creating a kind of self-sufficient vortex that can almost be likened to a pool. Abts is utterly systematic in terms of painting, each canvas an individual member of a larger project of rules and variations.

British Council Collection





acrylic & oil on canvas


H 48 x W 38 cm

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purchased from Greengrassi, 2005

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