Chris Bartlett

Professor of Art
Art Department, Towson University
Towson, Maryland
An important principle of design and composition is repetition, so creating any structure such that the elements of a painting are aligned within self-similar areas and consequently at repeating measures from each other would satisfy the goal of unity. It is the thread that holds together an otherwise loose tapestry of forms in space and provides a structure of harmonizing ratios of distance. The aspect ratio of this canvas is the root of the golden ratio (1: 1.272 or 1: √Φ). Unique to this √Φ rectangle is that the vertical and horizontal lines drawn at the intersection of a diagonal and one at right angles to it bisect the short and long sides and the diagonal at golden ratio divisions. Using one intersection creates four interior rectangles, three of which are similar √Φ rectangles and one made up of two horizontal squares. Mathematical alignments so created form an invisible structure to give a unified self-referential system of organization.
Greek Island House
11 x 14 inches
acrylic on canvas
2012
Greek Island House
11 x 14 inches
acrylic on canvas
2012