Adam and Eve, Abstract painting. Painted 2016 to 2017 by British artist, Gheorghe Virtosu, b. 1968. Oil painting, abstract art, 183 cm high by 146 cm wide. 72 X 57 inches.
Apart from narrative images, portraits, Adam and Eve art is not common. This abstract painting conveys a complexity regarding the meaning of life, followed by despair upon immersion into, and thought of, the background. Shades of grey and back dominate the careful brush strokes of yellow and a dull orange. The background could be interpreted as a dead forest or our own nightmarish reality. However, before one strays too far in subjective interpretation, the name of the oil painting must be considered. In light of the aforementioned, this is the world which God ejected Adam and Eve into and which is our current reality. The foreground is extremely bleak, as is the world and the lives of billion others. Thus, Virtosu is either exposing his own soul, or his perception of reality, or is warning us against belief in a `better tomorrow.’ Most do not need that warning because the background, with its smooth brushstrokes which meld the different shades of grey and black together, with drops of orange and yellow, is expressive of their own lives and their living reality.
The famous Adam and Eve painting center erupts in colors. They are, not soothing, despite that. This is because at the top of the centerpiece and to the mid right of it, we can see two heads. However, distorted they are, they are heads with barely recognizable bodies. Adam and Eve have melded into one grotesque whole and have been rendered faceless and unidentifiable. The merry colors they wear is futile. It does not hide their suffering. Ultimately, this is not about Adam and Eve oil painting but about the artist. Virtosu anguish or his existential angst finds expression in this oil painting. Sadly, it reminds viewers of their own tortured selves and their attempts to hide it. It is, thus, that we connect with this painting. The artist states it took 3 years for the creation of Adam and Eve painting.
Certainly, the above interpretation is highly subjective as we are in the realm of abstract art. Another person may reflect upon it and interpret it as a beautiful swirl of colors. This is both the wealth and the power of abstract painting; it makes room for subjective interpretations.