The work: Joshua de Gruchy, Heard Without A Sound. Synthetic polymer on canvas, 122 x 152.2cm.
Dizzying, disorienting and delightful describe Joshua de Gruchy’s Heard Without A Sound. Tangerine and pink linear, maze-like forms clash against a tunnelled blue background. The painting itself is framed against a black background, drawing the eye into the central depths of the work. Joshua describes his process as “a visual diary of my mental wellbeing and present experience”. The painting is intended as a roadmap of isolation. Starting a painting with only a colour palette in mind and employing synthetic polymer paints that are fast-drying, he welcomes an element of surprise that is drawn out through the act of painting. The geometric, perpendicular lines reach out from the centre creating a complex labyrinth, mimicking his recurring thought patterns. The vibrancy of colour is juxtaposed by a balanced composition and even painting style, emulating a harmonious feeling in the viewer.