There is something mysterious about Brian Guidry’s abstract paintings. Most of the abstract art we encounter is associated with modernist ideas, but Guidy’s paintings contain hints of things ancient, or at least antique, which couldn’t be more different from the existential gravitas of abstract expressionism, the sardonic aura of pop or the industrial bluntness of minimalism. What sets the Lafayette-based, New Iberia native’s paintings apart from traditional abstraction is their atmospheric patina, a somewhat hazy quality that creates an illusion of depth that is more typical of Renaissance art than anything associated with modernism. That hazy technique, known to art historians as sfumato, was employed by artists like Leonardo da Vinci to make their subjects either stand out or recede as needed, but it does not come easily; the paint must be meticulously applied in multiple thin layers over time to get the job done.
The mystical geometry of the title