beauty is the elimination of superfluities

My title for this post comes from Michelangelo Buonarroti 1475 – 1564.

I have been contemplating, these past days, how to honor the memory of a dear friend and remarkable artist who died in England on June 10.

Raymond Brownell was born in Tasmania, Australia. His life-path was extraordinary by any standards and included working as an architect for Jørn Utzon on the Sydney Opera House. He became passionately interested in the Art Concret ‘ movement – painters and sculptors who developed their work in a strictly rational way, often using mathematical ideas and procedures. Here he found the perfect fit for his brilliant mathematical mind and his love of color, although he would have to wait until his retirement years to fully devote himself to painting. He contacted me via this blog and website, and we embarked upon a few months of profoundly rich online dialogue.

Raymond Brownell: 13 colours, each with every other once
13 colours, each with every other once
acrylic on canvas 73.6 x 31
– Raymond Brownell

Like Channa Horwitz, Raymond found his creative playground within the ordered harmonies of mathematics.

Rather than trying to outline his ways of thinking and working here, I encourage interested readers to visit his website.

Art does not reproduce the visible: rather, it makes visible.
– Paul Klee

Vale Raymond.

Thank you.

finding a truth for one’s work


Artwork by Channa Horwitz


I came to do what I do
by giving up all that I was trained to do.
Life drawing, easel painting, abstraction etc.

I chose to use the least number of choices
and have a reason for any choice I made.

I was searching for a truth for my work.

I did not want to be influenced by any one else.

So, closely following my nose
and asking questions of my last work
I came to do my next work.
The phrase I asked was,
“What would happen if I…?”

That simple question lead me down a strange path
and to a body of very personal work.

– Channa Horwitz


channa horwitz at the artisans’ gallery