The battlefield is often the topic of Casey Ruble's intricate paintings, but battle has never looked this good. Ruble's use of cheerful colour set upon botanical backgrounds gives a feeling of tapestry rather than conflict. The action is there, further heightened by the cut-out negative spaces and the charming shapes of the settings. Within the battle the warriors and horses wear detailed fabrics that suggest materials that could be used for kimonos, so all in all, Ruble provides the viewer with a very visual treat.
Casey Ruble's beautiful works on paper are currently exhibited at the Foley Gallery in New York through November 15, 2008.
Dark Crescent (detail)