Break it down! - RICH JUlIANO

This gallery includes paintings of movement and common styles of creating motion on paintings within music, rituals, nature and dance.

This piece depicts a young boy beating on a drum. The artist used repeating arms going up and down, showing rhythm, connecting to the body of the young boy to create motion of the beating drumstick and arm. This is similar to when something is spinning fast, it creates a trail behind it. The artist wanted to emphasize this motion to capture the trail in a single frame, or painting.
The piece depicts a musician in movement, playing what appears to be a flute. Bent legs were a common way to portray movement in two dimensional character drawings. Straight legs were common with standing figures, while the bent knee showed motion. The larger section of this painting had multiple musicians in movement,around others, possibly a dancing musical ritual.
This street art piece depicts a natural rock formation, or mountain, with lotus flowers growing on it. The movement of the flowers being taken off in the wind, follows the cloud formations path, around the rock. The same flowers blowing away as the ones growing on the rock, create a unity, as seeds would leave a tree to start again, somewhere else.
This Keith Haring piece, with his signature style, is focused around movement. He uses motion lines to show movement of his lined characters, having the figure's arms and legs move about. His lines tend to emphasize a particular part of figure, such as the collar around his neck, or the stick being used to hit the black colored figure. The piece depicts the white figure, in control and beating the black figure, and the box below showing the black figure overtaken the white figure. It relates to the political movements and racism, that were and are still present in South Africa. The minority is caging the majority, and they just need squash it using it's size and capability.
This piece depicts a woman, dancing outside in her birthday suit. Movement is all around the dancer, from her curved lines and twisting body, to the air around her in circular shapes with motion lines. Her knees are bent and arms up and waving, along with her breasts, which are moving in different directions. The air and clouds around her also form the same movement from her body, showing a unity of the figure and background behind her.
The piece depicts a ritual gathering, where musicians, animals and a dancer unite. The figures, some animals, are in a standing form watching the dancer, which tends to be the focal point of the painting. The variety of characters in the crowd tend to pull you from the dancer, to see the audience. The dancer's movement is shown with wild hair, flowing with motion and the knees bent and up, a common style for motion.
This painting depicts a ritual war dance, with dancers and two drummers. The dancers have bent knees and bent foots, creating a movement of the body. The dancers are not symmetrical in dance, but are similar, which unifies the dancers and contrasts them against the standing drummers. The colors of the figures has variety, allowing your eye to see all differences between their appearance.
This painting depicts a gathering at a beach, with a boat present, and multiple figures in the water and one sitting on the beach. The sitting figure, holding a flag, contrasts with the moving figures in the water. The water seems to move with their motion, creating water motion lines and a sense of movement. Bent knees and twisting bodies are present, very common with figure motion in paintings.
This painting of two people, in motion with dance, within a framed room background. The still legs are better defined on the figures, versus their moving legs with more blur and less shape. The focal point of the two figures, interlocking hands and flowing, rough body shape. There is much emphasis on her blonde hair, standing out against the pale, dull color of the bodies, and lack of on the male figure.
This painting of multiple ballet style dancers, all dressed and in a dancing motion. Movement is found in the bent knees, arms up, and flowing garments being worn. There is a unity of figures, all in dancing form varieties, creating a rhythm and a focal point of brighter, color filled figures in the middle. Clothes not draping against a body, and flowing away was to show motion in a painting.
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