painting & counting


Polish artist Roman Opałka has been counting to infinity in his paintings since 1965. Literally. Starting in the top left corner of a canvas working horizontally to the bottom right, Opałka paints numbers in sequential order until the canvas is full. He picks up where he left off on the next canvas. Subtle variations have appeared over the years; for example, he has modified his background from black to grey. In fact, with each canvas, he lightens the grey by adding 1 percent more white than the previous one. Eventually he will be painting white numbers on white canvas – he predicts by number 7,777,777. An inspiring example of process and patience! Images and info via.

One Response to “painting & counting”

  1. I saw one of these in the Folkwang-Museum in Essen, Germany. It was really interesting. It was in a room with some other Modern art, so I thought it was just some textured canvas. It looked like polished steel or something. But then up close, you see the numbers and the varying shades.

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