Abandoned, Abstract painting. Painted 2016 to 2017 by British artist, Gheorghe Virtosu, b. 1968. Oil painting, abstract art, 133 cm high by 149 cm wide. 52 X 59 inches.
This is a chilling piece of abstract art leading the pack of world Abandoned paintings series. The background is primarily blue with black and miniscule brush strokes orange and yellow. Commonly perceived as happy or hopeful colors, within the context of “Abandoned”, they assume a menacing tone. Despite that, the background is pleasing because it draws us into the abstract painting. In other words, people can identify with the background as it is a loud echo of abandonment, lament and fear which many have confronted, with all but a handful, being affected by it. The lighter colors, albeit hardly present, are the glimmer of our diminishing hope but not hopelessness. In the midst of a darkness which is squashing our very souls, we are hopping, however little, for the orange and the yellow to break out from their confined space and overwhelm the darkness.
While the centerpiece is colorful and bright, it is grotesque, having been transformed from human to a creature by the surrounding misery, and above all, its abandonment. Should one look at the Abandoned canvas top circular figure, one sees that it is heavily black but, possibly, the light blue which takes up less than a quarter of the head, represents hope or the futility of hope. That hope is dying is evident from the lower midsection of the head as the light blue becomes darker. The dominating color is red and there are two protrusions coming out of the head. They can be seen as the nose and the mouth or as a beak. In either case, they are disturbing and grotesque.
In keeping with the interpretation of the abstract painting background, one may interpret the multicolored central figure as bloodied and internally in a state of turmoil and anguish. The figure’s very soul seems to be bloodied and its multicolored nature, nothing other than a crushed soul and an inner being in which everything is crushed and misplaced. Where it not for the colors, the Abandoned canvas central figure could have been referred to as the “heart of darkness”.