Welcome to Sundays With Clyfford Still. I’m your host, M.K. Hajdin.
This is number 7 in the series. You can read the other posts here.
Today’s painting is PH1033, dating from 1976. Bolts of jagged orange blaze their way through a cold white background like lava burning through an ice sheet. A dab of brown on the left, which seems to float in arctic calm despite the orange bursting like a solar flare next to it, balances the monumental violence on the right.
“You can turn the lights out. The paintings will carry their own fire. “ — Clyfford Still
Here we have Clyffie’s palette and painting knives. He painted with knives rather than brushes. And he didn’t clean them any better than I do mine. The last painting he ever painted was mostly yellow, it looks like. (Want to see more palettes of famous artists? Click here.)