Oil on canvas
1180 x 870mm
It was in 1962 that Mrkusich first introduced circles, squares, isolated lines and parallelograms over the freely brushed areas of his earlier abstract expressionist work. It has been suggested that he was aware of the work of American painter Jack Tworkov who at the same time explored the opposition between intellectual calculation and gestural techniques. In 1963 Mrkusich moved into symmetrical formats and began to make extensive use of the squared circle or mandala, a universal symbol signifying wholeness. Mrkusich’s concern is the achievement of harmony between diverse elemental forces. In this highly coloured work he has put aside the predominantly dark colours of the series to produce a glowingly radiant work whose title makes explicit reference to the painting’s elemental and colouristic intentions.