Frank Bramblett, FeO

Date
1976
Medium
Acrylic paints and ferrous oxide on canvas
Credit Line
Gift of the artist, 2015
Dimensions
96 x 28 in.

This work takes its name from FeO, the chemical formula for ferrous oxide, a compound that accounts for 9 percent of Earth’s crust. Bramblett mixed “raw” ferrous oxide powder with acrylic medium to make the paint for this work, but the substance is also a common ingredient in commercial paint, makeup, and tattoo ink. 

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