The Colors Of Mark Steven Ritter

Check out the colorful geometric work of COLOURlovers’ member Mark Steven Ritter aka mravka.

My paintings are abstract representations of elements, components, or cells, the building blocks of thoughts, ideas, things or spaces. They are the reduction of elements to the simplest unit stripped bare, and are varied in size, shape and colour according to the composition or structure of the whole.

My Shapes and formations do not refer to anything specific, they are non-objective. They depict the elements that make up ideas and structures themselves_words for instances, signs, buildings in a city, blood cells in a body, bytes of information streaming along a fiber-optic cable, bullets firing from a machine-gun. The parts needed to make something whole as well as the relationships between and the fusion and amalgamation of these elements.

There is never a conscious intent to begin a painting with a certain theme in mind, my work is more intuitive and random. Simple geometric shapes are bent, twisted, warped, layered and folded back upon themselves to make new combination and structures.

Colour and colour combinations are carefully selected and applied to the spatial construction. Together, they are meant to evoke an emotional and sometimes subjective response in the viewer.

There is an attempt to achieve an impression of motion through the composition and interaction of random abstract elements moving across the picture plane. One can imagine the image or structure not only as part of a larger whole, but also capture at a specific moment in time.

The viewer is always looking at a snapshot of a segment. One’s eye is drawn to look outside the frame and imagine something greater. The picture plane shows the peripherals, the details of this greater while. These elements appear to be hurtling along to some place outside the viewer’s range.

Author: evad
David Sommers has been loving color as COLOURlovers' Blog Editor-in-Chief for the past two years. When he's not neck deep in a rainbow he's loving other things with The Post Family (, a Chicago-based art blog, artist collective & gallery.