When he received the announcement that the Pantone Color Institute had selected as its color of the year a tint described as Viva Magenta 18-1750, artist and author Aberjhani thought it was a tribute to popular Fine Art America artist VIVA Anderson. He later learned there was no connection between the two.
However, certain characteristics used to describe the color matched many of his reflections on Anderson’s art. That was reason enough, he decided, to create his own tribute to the artist on FAA at url: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/viva-magenta-skies-with-ruby-red-apple-heart-aberjhani.html?newartwork=true .
“I wasn’t sure I agreed with the Pantone Color Institute’s descriptions of their chosen color as ‘audacious, full of wit and inclusive of all,” said Aberjhani, “but I was sure I often felt that way when viewing different works by VIVA Anderson are reading her inspiring comments on art created by others. There were more statements in the announcement which made me think of her work in different forms and styles as well.”
In addition to his tribute to Anderson, titled “VIVA Magenta Skies with Ruby Red Apple Heart,” to further experiment with the subject color he created another piece titled “Majestic Magenta with Heart of Gold.” When asked how he was able to do these so quickly, he answered, “It only seems quick. I always have a number of artworks in progress waiting for the right idea to come along before I finish it. In this case, for two prints it turned out to be the announcement of the 2023 color of year.”
In regard to the selected color itself, he added: “It’s definitely an intriguing choice. I’m not going to claim I duplicated it exactly in my new posts on FAA but I had a lot of fun trying to get there.”
In addition to having been a member of FAA and maintained an artsite on Pixels.com since 2017, Aberjhani is a member of the Savannah Artists Association and featured cover artist for the 2022 Flannery O’Connor Review.
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