Vance Kirkland was an American artist who demonstrated surrealism and abstract expressionism in his artworks. His painting ‘Mystery of Mysteries (diptych)’ caught my eye because of its emotional intensity and overall liveliness. Vance Kirkland created this work in 1976 using oil paint and water on linen. This painting was vibrant with reds, indigos, and oranges in tons of tiny dots all over the canvas. The texture looked very rough if one got close however if you move further from the painting it seems like smooth uniform paint. Kirkland created a depth and three dimensional effect using color in this artwork which is also what captured my attention and drew me into this work. Through his use of color and texture Kirkland communicated his perception of the universe and specifically the perplexity of outer space.
While Renaissance artwork in the 14th through 16th centuries revolved around realism, the works in the 20th century were focused on abstraction and modernism. An idealistic sort of theme is also noticed in many of the pieces created during