Douglas Witmer, How Soon is Now?

Douglas Witmer: How Soon is Now? (2008) Black gesso and acrylic on canvas
How Soon is Now?
Black gesso and acrylic on canvas
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Gift of the artist, 2011
44 x 54 in.

Two precisely placed horizontal bars of color, one vivid green and the other bright blue, float on a black-stained canvas. Douglas Witmer's deceptively simple painting combines geometric forms, emphatic color, and subtle manipulation of surface physicality to suggest the struggle of earth and water pressing toward each other and competing for dominance.

Witmer was born in 1971 in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He earned his BA from Goshen College and his MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He has lived and worked in Philadelphia since 1995.

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